Cowboys fall 71-37 to Titans

The Killdeer Cowboys basketball team was able to jump out to 3-0 and 5-2 leads early against the Trinity Titans, but a 12-point run followed by another run of 8 to close the quarter propelled the state ranked Titans to a 71-37 win over the Cowboys last Saturday afternoon.

By John Abrahamson

Posted Jan. 4, 2013

The Killdeer Cowboys basketball team was able to jump out to 3-0 and 5-2 leads early against the Trinity Titans, but a 12-point run followed by another run of 8 to close the quarter propelled the state ranked Titans to a 71-37 win over the Cowboys last Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped coach Wayne Sanders and his club to a 3-4 mark (0-1 in district play) while the third ranked Titans improved to 8-0 on the season and 1-0 in district action.

The Cowboys fell behind the Titans after one period 22-7. The early three by Brady Roshau and a bucket by Calum Blankenship gave Killdeer hope early but Blankenship could only add on more basket for Killdeer’s seven first quarter points.

The Cowboys were 3/9 from the field and had seven costly miscues, while Trinity’s full court man pressure caused some persistent problems.

It didn’t get much better for the Cowboys in the second period. Hayes LeMieux, Brey Gegelman, Riley Blankenship and Cody Johnson did score but the Titans put up 19 of their own to garner the 41-15 halftime lead.

Killdeer was 7/25 from the field, had 17 boards and 15 first half turnovers while the Titans were a much more efficient 19/33 from the field, also had 17 rebounds but only five turnovers.

Trenton Rohr got the first bucket of the third quarter before another Trinity run doused Killdeer’s hopes. This time the run was nine to push the lead to 50-17 before Brock Pittsley scored his first bucket of the game. The Blankenship brothers both added buckets but an eight point quarter wasn’t good enough. Trinity led the game going into the final eight minutes by a 63-23 count.

Cody Johnson did manage a three pointer, Rohr added another quick eight points and Pittsley a final bucket to give Killdeer thier 37 total points but the Titans just had too much balance on this day. The final was 73-37 as Trinity came away with the win on Killdeer’s floor.

Killdeer finished 16/57 from the field, made their only free throw attempt, had 25 turnovers and 31 boards. Roshau and Pittsley each had five of those caroms.

Rohr finished as the only double digit scorer with 11 points. Calum Blankenship had 6 and his brother, Riley added 4. Johnson finished the afternoon game with 5 points, Pittsley added another 4, Roshau a three and LeMieux and Gegelman a bucket each.

Trinity was 32/62 from the field, a tough 4/17 from the line, had 38 boards and 14 turnovers.


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