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Killdeer’s Daylon Danks drives to the basket during a Region 7 home game against Hazen. Danks scored eight points in the game as the Cowboys posted a 57-49 victory on Feb. 3.
For the first half of Tuesday night’s Region 7 road matchup against Hettinger/Scranton, the Killdeer Cowboys were flying high.
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They held a two-point lead at halftime and primed for an upset.
But the Nighthawks made some adjustments and found their shooting touch and pulled away in the second half to post a 78-61 victory.
Despite the loss, the Cowboys still have a chance to forge a winning season before the regional tournament in a couple weeks.
Killdeer is 3-4 in the region and 7-9 overall with four games remaining.
They have a road game tonight in New England and anotgher at Glen Ullin/Hebron on Saturday before ending the regular season with a pair of home games against Richardton-Taylor on Feb. 16 and Dickinson Trinity on Feb. 24.
Three of those games seem very winnable. Killdeer already owns victories over New England and Glen Ullin/Hebron and Richardton-Taylor is 1-5 in region play.
And although the Titans dominated the Cowboys in the season opener, Killdeer has grown in confidence and skill since then. Nobody, however, has come close to stopping the Titans in the regionals thier 6-0 record indicates.
But upsets happen all the time.
Hettinger/Scranton 78, Killdeer 61
It appeared an upset was in the making Tuesday night.
Hettinger/Scranton went in with a 4-2 region mark and 11-4 overall.
But the Cowboys were not intimidated and matched the favored Nighthawks bucket for bucket. Killdeer led 40-38 at the intermission.
But the Nighthawks made ended and upset thoughts in the fourth quarter.
Hettinger/Scranton held a 55-49 lead after the third quarter and then outscored Killdeer 23-12 in the final stanza.
Killdeer had three players in double figures, led by Alex Sadowsky’s 14 points. Garrett LeMieux added 13 and Dawson Schmeling scored a dozen.
Killdeer 57, Hazen 49
Sadowsky poured in 22 points, had 11 rebounds, blocked five shots had four assists and three steals to lead the Cowboys on Feb. 3.
LeMiex added 10 points and six assists.
Killdeer outscored the Bison 22-11 in the fourth quarter to secure the home-court victory.