Cowboys win first game of the season over rival Redmond
Crook County Cowboy Daniel Teater had 14 points and eight rebounds on Tuesday night against the Redmond Panthers, but it was the rebound and put-back with one minute, 38 seconds remaining that may have solidified the 67-57 win for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys (1-2 overall) were up five points late in the game against their non-conference rival, and Teater's rebound and basket off a missed free throw put the Cowboys up by seven, which Coach Jeff Lowenbach said was a big difference.
"That single little play that he made, that probably put us over the top," Lowenbach said. "It was kind of a back-breaker for Redmond. The wind was taken out of their sails."
The play put Crook County up seven and forced Redmond to foul and put the Cowboys on the free-throw line. The Cowboys, who have struggled from the charity stripe this season, shot 6 of 8 for the remainder of the game, and 20 of 32 on the night.
David Reeher, who in three games this season is averaging a double-double, had 27 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks against Redmond, and led the Cowboys in what Lowenbach called an "ebb and flow" type of game.
"There were stretches when we looked really good and the first four minute stretch of the game was a perfect example," the coach said. "But then there were stretches when we didn't look very good.
"If we can get more of the good play through this next month, hopefully we'll be playing well at the start of the league season [Jan. 5]."
Unlike last game against West Linn - in which the Cowboys went scoreless in the first five minutes - Crook County came out on Tuesday and opened up a 10-0 lead, highlighted by three-pointers to start the game from Chad Howard and Chase Dunten. Howard and Dunten finished the game with 13 points and three points, respectively.
After creating a 16-7 lead, however, Redmond clawed back to tie the game at 18-18 at the end of the first quarter, marked by a buzzer-beater by Redmond's Christian Arsenault.
It was the same story in the second quarter, as Crook County jumped out to a 28-18 lead. It seemed that Redmond would get back into the game much like the first quarter after a three-pointer from Kevin Smith, but an alley-oop slam dunk from Jordan Danforth to Reeher electrified the crowd and kept Redmond at bay at halftime, 36-23.
Redmond, who never led in the game, would tie it at 50-50 early in the fourth quarter. A full-court press that Redmond implemented for nearly the entire second half caused problems for Crook County at times.
"The pressure defense, whether it was half-court or full-court, gave us problems at times," Lowenbach said. "But then there were times that the guys made them pay for the pressure defense,"
In the fourth quarter, the Cowboys kept a small, two- to three-point lead for much of the period. But a series of scores for Crook County - marked by a three-pointer by James Nunez, a jump shot under the basket by Reeher, and Teater's rebound and put-back - kept Crook County ahead for good.
Redmond's Bo Guthrie led the Panthers with 14 points - 12 in the second half - and Arsenault added 13 points. The Panthers shot 8 of 15 from the free-throw line, however, they were 0 of 4 in the fourth quarter.
This is the second win for the Cowboys against Redmond in as many years. Last year's defeat of Redmond was the first Crook County win over the Panthers in 22 years.
The Cowboys will be on the road this weekend at Eagle Point on Friday and at Crater on Saturday.