Killdeer Cowboy guard Lewis Dobitz had a great game last Friday (January 31) leading the Killdeer Cowboys to a 55–54 win over the South Heart Cougars at South Heart.Posted 2/07/14
By Pat Ratliff
“It was a great atmosphere in South Heart,” Head Coach Andy Murphy said. “They turned the lights off during their starting line-ups so it felt like a postseason game.”
The atmosphere may have had something to do with the Cowboys playing so well that night.
“We played well overall,” Murphy said. “We emphasized taking advantage of our size. We
wanted to work the ball into the post and we did that very well.”
But the game was anything but “all cowboys.” Murphy said that South Heart also played a great game.
“Their defense was intense and flying around all over the court,” Murphy said. “Heart River always plays tough, hard-nosed defense.”
But Murphy had a game plan, and it worked, but also ended up opening other opportunities for the Cougars.
“On defense, we knew we had to contain their outside shooting and penetration,” Murphy said. “We stopped their penetration but they ran their shooters off double and
triple screens to get them open.
“They hit nine three-pointers. They shot unbelievable from deep.”
But Dobitz stepped up to answer the hot three-point Cougar shooters.
“Lewis Dobitz played phenomenal on both sides of the ball,” Murphy said. “He brought the
ball up against their press very calmly and was able to get inside of
their 2-3 zone.
“On defense, he had four blocks, seven rebounds, and five steals.
“It’s the type of game we need to see from him from the rest of the year.”
Murphy was also pleased with all the players, not just Dobitz.
“I’ve got a good group of boys this year,” Murphy said.
“We are 9-5 overall and 4-2 in the region, sitting 4th currently (as of Jan. 31).
“They went 7-13 last year so we are making steps in the right direction.”
Hayes LeMieux and Calum Blankenship each scored 14 for the Cowboys, Cody Johnson added 12, Trenton Rohr scored 7, Lewis Dobitz 6, and Tuff Kling put in 2 points.