Upsets are a part of sports.
Remember in Lake Placid? Nobody thought a young, scrappy bunch of Americans could knock off the heavily favored Russian hockey team.
DUNN COUNTY HERALD
But they believed in miracles.
And how about that young, up-and-coming boxer named Cassius Clay. He made his name as Muhammid Ali, but when he was Clay he clobbered the seemingly invincible Sonny Liston to win a heavyweight boxing championship.
Now the Killdeer boys basketball team won’t be skating on ice or wearing boxing gloves, but they will be facing their own “David-vs.-Goliath” matchup at 7 tonight when they host the Dickinson Trinity Titans.
It’s the regular season finale for both teams in what will be Senior’s Night at Killdeer.
The Titans come in as one of the top teams in the state. They are 18-2 this season and have won 11 games in a row. Their only two losses have come at the hands of defending Class B state champion Four Winds/Minneqaukan, and highly regarded Oak Grove.
Dickinson Trinity has totally dominated the Region 7, with a perfect 10-0 record during the regular season. And if you count the three victories in the early December Roughrider tournament, the Titans are 13-0 against Region 7 teams. They defeated Killdeer in the tournament by 42 points.
But a lot of water has gone under the bridge for Killdeer’s “David” since then. And going into tonight’s game, the Cowboys will be ready to sling their own shots.
The Cowboys have a chance to post a winning regular season record. They enter the fray with a 10-10 mark, including 6-4 in region play, where they are currently sixth in the standings.
Now their numbers may not be as gaudy as the Titans’, but over the past few weeks, the Cowboys have quietly put together a nice little run. They’ve used an aggressive hands-in-your-face trapping defense all over the court that has led to more than 200 steals and over 100 blocked shots.
That “in-your-face” mentality has spurred the Cowboys to a three-game winning streak, including a 59-56 road victory over Watford City on Feb. 16. They have also won eight of their last 12 games and are undefeated in their last four home games.
Do you believe in miracles?
Watford City 56
Killdeer was held to just two points in the second quarter but exploded for 22 in the third period in the victory. The Cowboys jumped out to a 17-12 lead after the first quarter, but after that woeful second period, found themselves down 22-19 at halftme.
But they regained the lead after outscoring the Wolves 22-15 in the third quarter and then held off Watford City in a frantic final stanza.
Garrett LeMieux each recorded a double-double and the Cowboys’ ball-hawking defense generated 13 steals, six blocked shots and forced 23 turnovers.
LeMieux was the big gun, scoring 25 points and pulling down 19 rebounds to go with six steals and three blocked shots.
Sadowsky had 10 points and 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.