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Sanchez takes up where he left off - with bigtime scoring - to lead Cowboys to wins

It's been a long wait, but the Crook County High School boys basketball team opened the season in style this past week, winning a trio of games.

"We are really good in stretches, but need to get more consistent," said Crook County head coach Jason Mumm. "That is from not playing for over a year, and that will come."

The Cowboys last game was in the consolation round of the 2020 OSAA Class 5A State Basketball tournament. After Crook County won that game, the tournament was discontinued and all sports were stopped. Even when fall and spring sports were allowed this spring, both basketball and wrestling were still up in the air until just a couple of weeks ago.

Now, with the season finally started, the 5A Cowboys may need to fine-tune their defense, but the offense is firing on all cylinders as the Cowboys won three games against 6A opponents: Mountain View 84-67 on the road Tuesday, blasted Summit 78-63, also on the road, on Thursday, then whipped Mountain View again on Saturday, taking a 77-61 victory in the first home game of the season.

The Cowboys jumped on top early at Mountain View, rolling out to a 20-9 lead at the end of one period. Mountain View outscored Crook County in the second quarter, but the Cowboys still led 39-31 at the half. Crook County pulled out to a 62-50 lead after three periods and continued to stretch their lead in the fourth period, outscoring the Cougars 22-17 in the frame as they coasted to the easy win.

"We played pretty well offensively, but have some work to do defensively," Mumm said. "Mountain View was tough. They got after us and a lot of our defensive miscues were caused by them."

The game turned into a shootout between Mountain View's Quincy Townsend and Crook County's Kevin Sanchez, with Townsend pouring in 32 points, while the Cowboys' standout senior Sanchez scored 36.

However, Crook County had a better supporting cast, with Cayden Lowenbach scoring 22, and Jessse Sanchez adding 12 points. Jason Carr also contributed for the Cowboys, finishing with seven points in the game.

Thursday at Summit saw the Cowboys have a more balanced offensive attack.

Kevin Sanchez once again was outstanding, scoring 29 points. He was joined in double figures by Lowenbach and Hogan Smith, each with 16 points, while Jesse Sanchez was also in double figures with 10.

Summit was led by Julian Mora, Truman Teuber and Caden Harris, who each scored 18.

In many respects, the game was very similar to Tuesday's game with Mountain View.

The Cowboys took an early 17-13 lead and led 40-35 at the half. Crook County extended their lead to 64-50 at the end of three periods before outscoring the Storm 14-13 in the final frame.

"We were better than Tuesday," Mumm said.

Saturday at home, Crook County led by just a point after a high scoring opening quarter. Leading just 25-24 heading into the second period, the Cowboys upped the defensive pressure, outscoring the Cougars 26-11 in the quarter to take a 51-35 lead to the locker room at the half.

The pace of the game slowed down in the second half. Crook County outscored Mountain View 11-6 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 62-41. With a big lead, Crook County went to their bench in the fourth quarter as Mountain View outscored the Cowboys 20-15.

Once again, Kevin Sanchez and Townsend got into an individual scoring dual, with both athletes scoring 21 points, and once again, the Cowboys had more depth, as no other Cougar scored in double figures. For the Cowboys, Lowenbach added 19 points, while Jesse Sanchez was also in double figures with 12 points. Ozzie Reed also had a solid game, scoring a career-high nine points in the contest.

The Cowboys are back in action tonight when they go on the road to take on the Pendleton Buckaroos in a 6:30 p.m. game. The Cowboys then host Redmond in a 7 p.m. game on Thursday, before going on the road again on Friday to take on the Hood River Eagles in a 6:30 p.m. game.

Crook County 84, Mountain View 67

at Mountain View

Crook County 20 19 23 22 – 84

Mountain View 9 22 19 17 – 67

Crook County – Kevin Sanchez 36, Lowenbach 22, J. Sanchez 12, Carr 7, Nunez , Teskey 2, Reed 2, Smith, Wood. 27 23-26 84. Three-point goals – Lowenbach 2, K. Sanchez 2, J. Sanchez 2, Carr, Nunez.

Mountain View – Quincy Townsend 32, Peasley 11, Prictor 7, McConkey 6, Hoisington 4, Rodriguez 4, Cronson 2, Meier 1, Higa, Smith. 26 7-15 67. Three-point goals – Townsend 4, McConkey 2.

Crook County 78, Summit 61

at Summit

Crook County 17 23 24 14 – 78

Summit 13 22 15 13 – 63

Crook County – Kevin Sanchez 29, Lowenbach 16, H. Smith 16, J. Sanchez 10, Nunez 5, Reed 2, Carr, T. Smith. 24 20-24 78. Three-point goals – H. Smith 4, K. Sanchez 3, J. Sanchez 2, Nunez.

Summit – Julian Mora 18, Truman Teuber 18, Caden Harris 18, Moore, Cox 6, Layler 2, Arnold 1, Woodward, Harrington. Three-point goals – Cox 2, Teuber 2, Harris 2.

Crook County 77, Mountain View 61

at Crook County

Mountain View 24 11 6 20 – 61

Crook County 25 26 11 15 – 77

Mountain View – Quincy Townsend 21, Meier 9, Prictor 8, Cronson 5, Peasley 4, McConkey 4, Rodriguez 4, Smith 2, Cockrum 2, Higa 1, Hoisington 1. 24 9-14 61. Three-point goals – Townsend 3, Meier.

Crook County – Kevin Sanchez 21, Lowenbach 19, J. Sanchez 12, Reed 9, Nunez 6, H. Smith 6, Wood 2, Carr, P. Smith, Teskey, T. Smith. 26 16-21 77. Three-point goals – J. Sanchez 3, K. Sanchez 3, Nunez 2 Reed.

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