Cowboys lose late lead, fall 68-67 to The Dalles

Cowboys lose late lead, fall 68-67 to The Dalles

Crook County overcame an early deficit to take a third quarter lead only to see game slip away in the final minutes

The Crook County Cowboys slipped to 0-1 in Intermountain Conference play Friday night, with a heartbreaking 68-67 road loss to The Dalles.

“They went on a little run, and the ball didn’t bounce our way towards the end,” Crook County head coach Jason Mumm said. “I don’t want to take away any credit from them because they played really hard. They had a great game plan. They ran us off the three-point line, and they didn’t let us get the shots that we normally shoot.”

The two teams traded baskets for most of the first quarter with The Dalles taking a slim 13-11 lead into the second period.

However, although they matched the Riverhawks basket for basket, the Cowboys got into early foul trouble that would come back to haunt them.

After playing just a few minutes, both Hogan Smith and Cayden Lowenbach were in foul trouble and had to go to the bench for the remainder of the half.

Still, the Cowboys kept things close, trailing just 32-28 at the half.

With Smith and Lowenbach back in the game, Crook County was firing on all cylinders in the third quarter as they outscored The Dalles 22-13 to take a 50-45 lead going into the final stanza.

“Hogan and Cayden played only about four minutes in the first half, and they played basically with three fouls the whole third quarter,” Mumm said.

However, Crook County was unable to keep the momentum in the final period.

After scoring 22 points, Caleb Arnold fouled out in the period, and the Cowboys were unable to make plays down the stretch as the Riverhawks did just enough to win.

“We had some turnovers and they made some tough, tough shots to win the game,” Mumm said. “Number 23 (Jacob Hernandez) hit two contested, falling down threes. You couldn’t contest them any more than we did.”

Hernandez finished with 30 points to lead all scorers.

Spencer Taylor was also in double figures for the Riverhawks with 19.

Meanwhile, Kevin Sanchez led the Cowboys with 23. Abel Nunez came off the bench to score 11 points.

Despite not playing for much of the first half, Lowenbach added seven points for the Cowboys.

“It’s execution,” Mumm said. “It’s stuff that we didn’t do, and, to their credit, they made plays and they made shots down the stretch.”

With the win, The Dalles improved to 1-0 in league and 7-9 overall, while Crook County dropped to 8-5 overall.

The Cowboys have an important matchup on Friday when they host the 10th-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos, 10-3, 0-0, in a 6:30 p.m. game.

The Dalles 68, Crook County 67

Friday, January 17

At The Dalles

Crook County 11 17 22 17 — 67

The Dalles 13 19 13 23 — 68

Crook County (67 ) — Kevin Sanchez 23, Arnold 22, Nunez 11, Lowenbach 7, Smith 2, Graydon 2, Ramirez. Totals: 22 17-23 67.

The Dalles (68) — Hernandez 30, Taylor 19, Pullen7, Cummings 6, Teles 4, Leeson 1, Seufalemua 1, Deleon, Floyd. Totals: 25 13-28 68.

Three-point goals — Crook County: Nunez 3, Arnold, Sanchez, Lowenbach. The Dalles: Hernandez 5.

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