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Crook County hits 20 three-pointers in contest, including eight by Jesse Sanchez

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Abel Nunez takes a charge from Dylan Heath of Madras. The Cowboys defeated Madras 88-43 Tuesday night to improve their record to 2-1.The Crook County Cowboys took control early and ran away from the Madras White Buffalos Tuesday night as they rolled to an 88-43 home victory.

The Cowboys scored 28 points in the first quarter, most from long range as the team hit six three-pointers in the period. The Cowboys continued to be hot from outside the entire contest, finishing with 20 threes, including eight by junior point guard Jesse Sanchez.

"We finally played four quarters, which is one thing that we talked about," said Crook County head coach Jason Mumm. "We didn't do that the first two games and we put four quarters together tonight, so that was fun to see."

By contrast, Madras head coach Nick Brown felt that the White Buffalos did not focused.

"We did not come out ready to play, both mentally and physically," he said. "We did not come ready to execute our game plan and we did not come out of the gate ready to play hard and compete."

The Cowboys took the opening tip and Jordan Graydon immediately hit a three-pointer. A steal led to a Jesse Sanchez three and the Cowboys were ahead 6-0 less than 30 seconds into the game.

Crook County led 10-0 before Madras finally scored and held a 28-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"We just weren't ready to play tonight," the White Buffalos Jesse McDonald said. "We have got to box out and we have got to play tough defense. We have to come out ready to play and play with more intensity."

The Cowboys nailed six three-pointers in the first quarter and 20 in the game as they continually fired away from long range.

Jesse Sanchez hit eight three-pointers on the night, to lead all scorers with 24 points. Sanchez was eight for 11 from the floor, at one point hitting six straight three-pointers.

"It felt great," Sanchez said. "Every shot that I took I already knew that it was going in. Once you are on a hot streak you know that every shot is going in. We did a good job of getting the ball to the right players. Cayden (Lowenbach) was about to shoot a three and then he looked at me and he passed the ball because he knew I was on fire. Tonight, everybody just took the right shots."

Lowenbach added 16 points, while Caleb Arnold and Jrei Ramirez were also in double figures with 11. McDonald led the White Buffalos with 12 points, while Donnie Bagley was also in double figures with 10.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN -  Cayden Lowenbach plays defense on Donnie Bagley of Madras. "The last couple of years we didn't come together as a team and as a senior being in this program for all four years, it's different this year," said Ramirez, who hit three three-pointers in the game. "We all like to share the ball and we don't care who shoots the threes because we all know that any one of us can shoot a three or hit seven or eight threes like Jesse did tonight on any night."

The Cowboys continued to extend the lead the entire game, leading 44-20 at the half and 66-35 at the end of three quarters.

"It took us a while to get going and by then they had already created a lot of momentum," Brown said. "Give them all of the credit in the world. They did a great job executing and playing their game tonight. We just have got to make sure that we get to practice these next couple of days ready to put in the work."

Crook County went 31 for 64 from the floor for the night, hitting just under 50 percent of their shots, while Madras went just 16 for 49, or 32 percent from the floor.

"We talked about we are better when we share the ball," Mumm said. "When we swing the ball side to side it makes us a lot better and we saw a little bit of that tonight with how many open shots we got."

The Cowboys also outrebounded the White Buffalos 41-30.

Lowenbach led the way with 14 rebounds while Caleb Arnold pulled down nine. McDonald grabbed seven rebounds for the White Buffalos, while Dapri Miller pulled down four.

The one place that the White Buffalos had an edge was fouls. The Cowboys committed 20 fouls in the game to just 13 for the White Buffalos.

However, Madras failed to make the most of that advantage, hitting just eight of 19 free throws in the contest, while the Cowboys went six for nine from the line.

We look to play our type of basketball," Mumm said. "Which means we are going to get after you on defense and we look to push the tempo on offense. So, if we jump out to a big lead that's great, but if we have to battle we are ready to battle too."

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kevin Sanchez is fouled on his way to the basket. Sanchez, who led the Cowboys in scoring on Saturday with 23 was held to just five points by Madras on Tuesday, but it didn't matter as the Cowboys rolled to an 88-43 win over the White Buffalos. With the victory the Cowboys improved to 2-1 on the season while Madras fell to 0-2.

"The group that we have, we are just in the zone," Sanchez said. "We just want to win every game now. That's our goal and then go to the state playoffs."

The Cowboys are back in action tonight when they host North Salem, 2-0. Crook County is at home again on Saturday when they take on 2-0 South Albany. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

"Every game that you play you get ready for league," Mumm said. "You learn from all of them. You take good things away; you take bad things away. Whether you win or lose you just have got to learn from every single game all the way through."

Meanwhile, the White Buffalos will host The Dalles, 1-2, tonight in the opening round of the Madras tournament, which continues through Saturday.

Madras is at home again on Tuesday when they host the Bend Lava Bears in a 7 p.m. game.

Crook County 88, Madras 43

Tuesday, December 10

At Crook County

Madras 14 6 15 8 — 43

Crook County 28 16 22 22 — 88

Madras (43) — Jesse McDonald 12, Bagley 10, Miller 8, Mitchell 7, Cochran 3, Hulsey 2, Smith Morales 1, Heath, Main. Totals: 16 8-19 43.

Crook County (88) — Jesse Sanchez 24, Lowenbach 16, Ramirez 11, Arnold 11, Smith 6, Graydon 5, K. Sanchez 5, Nunez 3, Ross 3, Reed 2, Pickhardt 2, Engstrom. Totals: 31 6-9 88.

Three-point goals — Madras: Miller 2, Bagley. Crook County: J. Sanchez 8, Ramirez 3, Lowenbach 2, Smith 2, Graydon, K. Sanchez, Ross.

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