It wasn’t the ending coach Wayne Sanders and his Cowboy basketball team had hoped for.
By JOHN ABRAHAMSON
For the Herald
Posted Feb. 22, 2013
The fourth seeded Killdeer squad went two and out in the District 14 basketball season as it lost a regional play-in game to the Hazen Bison 74-46 Monday evening. With the loss, the Cowboy season ended with a 7-13 record while the 14-8 Bison move into the Region 7 tourney starting next Monday.
The first quarter was back and forth as both teams came out of the chute firing.
Trenton Rohr started the ballgame with a bucket before the Bison took the 3-2 lead on a charity toss and field goal. From then on it was back and forth.
Calum Blankenship had the big quarter for Killdeer. The talented junior score 10 of Killdeer’s 18 points on five buckets. Rohr added another field goal, Christian Kulish had an early basket and Hayes LeMieux also put two on the board in the 18 point quarter. The Bison were one point better and had the 19-18 lead after eight minutes.
Killdeer was 9/22 from the field in a quarter, which both teams played man to man on the defensive side.
Killdeer wasn’t quite as efficient in the second eight minutes. They did have good balance as five players scored a total of 10 points. Kulish had a bucket, Brock Pittsley contributed an old-fashioned three-point play and a conventional bucket, and Blankenship had a free throw for eight of those points. Rohr had the final bucket of the quarter but Killdeer was outscored 16-10 and the Bison had the 35-28 halftime lead.
Killdeer was 13/36 from the field, 0/3 from long range and 2/3 from the line. The Cowboys had 20 first half boards and 8 turnovers.
Hazen was 14/32 from the field, 1/6 from the distance, 6/8 from the charity stripe, also had 20 rebounds but 2 less turnovers.
It was the Stetson Carr show in the third quarter for the Bison. One of the most gifted players in the district finished with 15 of Hazen’s 20 third quarter points.
On Killdeer’s side, Brock Pittsley stole the show. The senior 9 of Killdeer’s 11 points with Riley Blankenship added the other bucket. Hazen was able to extend its lead to 55-39 and the Cowboys knew they would have to have their best quarter of the year to keep their season alive.
It wasn’t meant to be. Killdeer only added 7 points to its team total while the Bison added another 19.
Calum Blankenship, who was named to the all-district 14 team, finished with five of those points while the sophomore Rohr had the other basket.
The Cowboys were paced by the all-district player with 16 points while Pittsley added 2 less. Rohr added 8, Kulish 4 and LeMieux and Riley Blankenship 2 in the Cowboy’s last game of the 2012-13 season.
Carr finished with 26 for Hazen while Austin Cieslak had 16 from inside.
Killdeer was 20/64 from the field and a dismal 1/8 from long range. The Cowboys went’ 5/8 from the line, had 36 rebounds but 20 miscues.
The Bison, who will play Mott/Regent in the first round of regional play Monday, were 28/56 from the field, 2/11 from three point land, went 16/23 from the line and had one more board than their opponents. Hazen finished with 12 turnovers.