Crook County outscores Madras 36-18 in second half of close victory in summer league contest

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Thatcher Mullan goes to the basket late in the Cowboys' 62-58 win over the Madras White Buffalos. Mullan hit a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining in the game to clinch the victory for the Cowboys. The Crook County Cowboys came back from a big halftime deficit to edge the Madras White Buffalos 62-58 Tuesday night in a home summer league basketball game.

The White Buffalos bombed away from long range in the first half, knocking down eight three-pointers as they raced out to a 40-24 halftime lead.

The deficit could have been even more if not for a high-scoring first half from Crook County's Thaiden Mullan.

Mullan, who finished the game with 20 points, scored 13 of those in the first half as he single-handedly kept the Cowboys within striking distance.

The Cowboys made some adjustments at halftime and in the second half did a much better job of closing out on White Buffalo shooters. As a result, Madras didn't hit a single three in the second half.

With the defense clamping down on the White Buffalo offense, the Cowboys slowly fought their way back into the game, finally tying the score 45-45 midway through the second half.

From there, the two teams played evenly the remainder of the contest.

The White Buffalos tied the game 56-56 with less than two minutes remaining on the running time clock.

Crook County finally took the lead for good as a Jrei Ramirez mid-range jumper made the score 58-56 with 1:32 remaining.

A Mullan layup moved the score to 60-56 seconds later.

Madras hit a pair of free throws late in the contest, before Thatcher Mullan made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to put the game away for the Cowboys. Crook County outscored Madras 36-18 in the second half.

The Cowboys also won the JV game earlier in the evening, outscoring the White Buffalos 28-18 in the first half on the way to a 62-31 victory.

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