Garrett LeMieux and Alex Sadowsky helped the Killdeer boys basketball team open some eyes in the region this year.
BY BRYAN GALLEGOS
Coaches in Region 7 took note and recently voted the two juniors onto the All-Region 7 team.
That’s quite a compliment, especially since the Cowboys finished in the middle of the pack in the region.
“Typically being the 7 seed, a coach usually puts one player up for all-Region,” Killdeer boys head coach Andy Murphy said. “This year I was torn between the two, so I decided to put both players up. I felt that these boys were two of the best 15 players in the region.”
Killdeer wasn’t the only team that landed two players on the team. Region 7 champion Dickinson Trinity, Beulah, Mott-Regent, Hettinger-Scranton and Heart River also had two players voted onto the team.
The rest of the team included: Tanner Zentner and Brady Wegh of Mott-Regent, Isaiah Kludt and Jarad Mattis of Hettinger-Scranton, Reece Hoherz and Derek Ferebee of Beulah, Zane Besler and Dion Madler of Heart River, Shawn Stoltz and Lucas Jones of Dickinson Trinity, Cody Holt of New England, Bailey Morman of Glen Ullin-Hebron and Dylan Scott of Bowman County.
LeMieux and Sadowsky helped the Cowboys post an 11-12 record and reach the Region 7 quarterfinals before being eliminated by Beulah. And while some may question why two players from a team so far down in the standings were picked, their numbers spoke for themselves.
Sadowsky averaged a double-double with 14.4 10.1 rebounds per game. He also averaged nearly three assists, steals and blocks per game.
LeMieux was the team’s leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, and he averaged 8.7 rebounds, three steals, 2.7 assists and 1.8 blocked shots.
“I knew there was the possibility of splitting their votes and not getting either player on the team, but I lobbied hard for both to be on the team,” Murphy said. “Both boys bring such versatility to the floor.”
LeMieux uses his quickness and length so well and Sadowsky controlled the paint, Murphy said. They showed great leadership and unselfish play, often feeding off each other.
“If a team focused on one, the other stepped up his game,” Murphy said.
Both players had games this season where they scored at will, pumping in at least 30 points.
But neither can’t become complacent, Murphy said.
“They are both very deserving but both will need to put work in during the offseason if either one wants to make the all-Region team next year,” Murphy said. “The region always reloads and with lots of young players returning, it will not be easy to make a repeat appearance.”