Alex Sadowsky made three free throws in the final 26 seconds and the Killdeer boys basketball team held on for a 57-53 Region 7 victory over the Richardton-Taylor Raiders on Tuesday night.
DUNN COUNTY HERALD
The home crowd was loud and boisterous but was hushed when the Raiders’ cut the lead to 54-53 with 30 seconds left on a lay-up and a foul shot by Ethan Kuntz.
But moments later, Sadowsky stepped to the charity strip and calmly sank two free throws.
And after the Raiders missed two open 3-point shots – they made nine in the game – Garrett LeMieux grabbed the rebound and got the ball to Sadowsky, who was fouled.
But he missed both charity tosses and gave the Raiders hope – for one second. After he missed the second shot, LeMieux grabbed the long rebound and was fouled with one tick left on the clock.
This time, his shot was all net. Ball game over.
Sadowsky led the Cowboys with a productive game all the way around. He scored 21 points, dished out five assists, had nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Hoyt Zander added 10 points while LeMieux had eight, but contributed with a team-high six steals, two assists, six rebounds and a blocked shot.
Richardton-Taylor was led by Ethan Kuntz with 21 points, who made four attempts from beyond the 3-point line, and 11 from Jayden Olson, who added three treys.
The game was nip-and-tuck throughout, but the Cowboys opened up a little five-point cushion in the third quarter.
The victory moved the Cowboys to 5-4 in the regional standings, right in the middle of the pack. They are also 9-10 overall and have a chance to end the regular season with a winning record with two game remaining. The Cowboys were scheduled to travel to Watford City on Thursday and then host Region 7 leader Dickinson Trinity on Feb. 24.
New England 56, Killdeer 55
The home team left with a smile in New England when the Tigers held off the Cowboys on Feb. 10.
The game was tight, with the Tigers opening a little cushion in the second quarter. They outscored Killdeer 16-9 in the stanza to open a 29-25 lead at the intermission.
Sadowsky led the way for Killdeer with a double-double. He had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
LeMieux chipped in nine points and a dozen rebounds and six steals.