What a finish!!
By JOHN ABRAHAMSON
For the Herald
Posted Jan. 18, 2013
What a finish!! With only 12 seconds left and down 6, the Killdeer Cowboys looked like they would drop to an uncomfortable 0-2 in District 14 play as they were the guests of the Richardton/Taylor Raiders.
In a blink of the eye, after two three-point makes by senior Brock Pittsley, the Cowboys not only were able to get the regulation tie, but with a driving basket by Lewis Dobitz with two seconds left in regulation, got the win as well. Because of those dynamics, the Cowboys moved to 1-1 in district action and 5-6 overall.
It was a pretty balanced first quarter. Calum Blankenship was able to score twice, Trenton Rohr hit a bucket, Pittsley a field goal and a charity toss and Riley Blankenship a free throw and the Cowboys put up 10 early points. Richardton/Taylor was four better and after eight minutes of play, the Cowboys were down 14-10.
Killdeer exploded on the offensive end in the second eight minutes. Coach Wayne Sanders’s team was able to put 18 on the board while holding their district opponents to a mere 9.
Lewis Dobitz was the catalyst scoring wise for the Cowboys as he dropped a three, a deuce and two free throws for seven quarter points. Balance was a key as the Cowboys also got two buckets from Hayes LeMieux and four free throws from the younger Blankenship for 15 of their 18 points. Rohr added a free throw and the elder Blankenship a bucket and the Cowboys had the 18-point quarter.
The Cowboys had a strong defensive second quarter, as they didn’t get anybody from the Raiders more than one bucket.
The third quarter was a reversal of the second. This time the Raiders were able to put the points on the board, 21 of them. Five different Raiders were able to score in a very balanced attack while Christian Kulish and Riley Blankenship each tallied two field goals for the Cowboys. Brady Roshau added a long three ball but 11 points wasn’t enough to maintain the lead for the visitors. At the end of three, Richardton/Taylor had the 44-39 advantage.
It was a wild fourth frame. Killdeer managed to put 27 on the board while the Raiders added five less.
Pittsley, along with his two bombs at the end of the frame, also added two from inside to have a 10-point quarter. LeMieux was also a spark with 6 points while Calum Blankenship added two field goals of his own. The quarter scoring was rounded out by Dobitz with 3 while Roshau and Rohr each added 2.
With the score knotted at 66, Dobitz and Pittsley put this one in the win column for the Cowboys. Dobitz had three early overtime free throws, Pittsley drilled his third three of the game and the stage was set for the final play.
With the Raiders up one at 73-72, Dobitz was able to find an inside opening and his lay-up will be one to be remembered as the Cowboys came away with the big district 14 victory.
Killdeer had great balance. Pittsley led the team with 16 while Dobitz and Calum Blankenship each had 12. LeMieux finished as another doubledigit scorer with 10. Riley Blankenship added 5, Rohr and Roshau 5 each and Kulish added 4.
The Raiders were led by Lane voltz with 21 while Cade Kuntz and Ryder Bohlman each finished with 10.