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Crook County outscores Pendleton in second half, but unable to overcome early deficit in 58-43 league loss

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Shane Kessi led the Cowboys in scoring on Friday with 14, but the team fell 58-43 to Pendleton.The Crook County Cowboys played great defense at times but were inconsistent on offense in a 58-43 road loss to the Pendleton Buckaroos last Friday night.

"We just didn't take care of the ball tonight," Crook County head coach Darin Kessi said following the game. "We probably had 25 turnovers tonight, but when we set our defense, we were really tough."

The Cowboys stayed close to the Buckaroos for most of the first half. Led by eight first-quarter points from senior guard Shane Kessi, the Cowboys trailed just 14-10 at the end of the first.

With two minutes remaining in the first half, the Cowboys still trailed by just four points at 23-19.

However, Pendleton went on a 12-0 run, running out to a 35-19 lead at the half.

"We had something like five turnovers in a row for layins," coach Kessi said. "Until that we were right there. We just didn't take care of the ball."

Pendleton extended their lead to 48-29 at the end of the third quarter. The Cowboys then outscored the Buckaroos 14-10 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late as they dropped their second consecutive league contest.

Kessi led the Cowboys in scoring with 14, while fellow senior Kaleb Savage finished with nine points.

Thaiden Mullan, who is also a senior, chipped in with seven points, while no other Cowboy had more than four points.

Meanwhile, Tyler Newsom and Dakota Sams did most of the damage for the Buckaroos, scoring 19 and 12 points, respectively.

Newsome did much of his damage at the free-throw line, where he went 6-7, while Sams hit a pair of three pointers.

The one thing the Cowboys did well in the contest was shoot free throws, where they were an impressive 14-17 from the line, for just over 82 percent.

Pendleton shot almost as well from the line, going 12-17 for 71 percent.

With the loss, Crook County fell to 0-2 in Intermountain Conference play and 8-8 overall, while Pendleton improved to 1-1 in league play and 10-5 overall.

The Cowboys also dropped from 11th to 14th in the OSAA power rankings, while the Buckaroos moved up from 12th to 11th.

Crook County does not play again until Friday when they host Ridgeview (0-2, 1-14) in a 5:30 p.m. contest.

It will be a full night of basketball with both boys and girls teams playing in Prineville.

Sub varsity games begin at 4 p.m. with the JV boys contest and the girls varsity game following the boys contest at 7 p.m.

Following Friday's game, the Cowboys do not play again until Friday, Feb. 1 when they go on the road to take on the Hood River Eagles (2-0, 8-6) in a 6:30 p.m. game.

Pendleton 58, Crook County 43

Friday, January 18

At Pendleton

Crook County 10 9 10 14 — 43

Pendleton 14 21 13 10 — 58

Crook County – Shane Kessi 14, Savage 9, Mullan 7, Graydon 4, Langley 2, Ramirez 2, J. Sanchez 2, Lowenbach 2, Chaney 1, Smith, K. Sanchez, Humeston. Totals: 15 14-17 43.

Pendleton – Tyler Newsome 19, D. Sams 12, O'Hanlan 6, Sweek 6, Sandford 5, Murray 4, Broncheau 4, C. Sams 2, Roberts. Totals: 21 12-17 58.

Three-point goals – Crook County: Kessi 2, Savage 2, Mullan. Pendleton: D. Sams 2, Sandford, Newsome.

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