An 11-0 run in the first quarter set the tone early and smothering defense sealed the deal late as the Killdeer boys basketball team posted a 57-49 victory over visiting Bowman County on Tuesday night.
DUNN COUNTY HERALD
The Region 7 victory was the first of the year for the Cowboys after three losses. It also snapped a five-game losing streak.
Killdeer had three players in double figures, led by 13 from Garrett LeMieux, despite being plagued by foul problems. The Cowboys’ leading scorer sat most of the second and third periods because of foul problems and played a total of 17 minutes in the game. But that didn’t stop him from playing his usual aggressive style, recording five steals, one assists and three rebounds.
Meanwhile, Hoyt Zander had his best game of the season, nearly posting a double-double. He scored a dozen points pulled down nine rebounds and had two steals. Alex Sadowsky added 10 points, including a pair of 3-point bombs.
Bowman County was led by 21 points from Dylan Scott and 11 by Chance Andrews.
After Bowman County scored the first bucket of the game, the Cowboys went nuts from 3-point land that spurred an 11-0 run over the next three minutes. Killdeer made four treys in the period that helped open a 20-14 lead after the first period.
LeMieux had his way with the Bulldogs, scoring seven quick points before he picked up two fouls midway through the period, which meant bench time for the sharpshooting junior. With Killdeer holding a commanding 8-point lead, LeMieux picked up this third foul at the four-minute mark of the second quarter, meaning more bench time.
With LeMieux out, the Bulldogs cut the lead in half by halftime. And when LeMieux picked up his fourth foul at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter, the Bulldogs surged past Killdeer when Scott hit a 3-point shot and Brian Anaya made a free throw for a 42-41 lead with a minute to play in the period.
Killdeer, however, grabbed the momentum with clutch shots and defense. Rope Smith banked a 3-point shot from the top of the key, followed by a pair of free throws and offensive putback by LeMieux that ignited a decisive 12-2 run to put the game away.
During that spurt, the Cowboys contested every Bowman shot, and it rattled the Bulldogs shooters. The Bulldogs made just one of 11 shots in the final seven minutes, and turned the ball over five times.
New Salem 52, Killdeer 32
Killdeer had trouble finding its shooting touch against the Holsteins in Bismarck on Jan. 14. The Cowboys made just 13 of 53 shots in the contest. The Cowboys trailed 38- 17 at halftime and never recovered.
Killdeer was led by Sadowsky with 13 points. Brandon Schroder led New Salem with 19 points, including four treys, and Evan Henke chipped in 10 points.