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Inexperienced CCHS team improves but loses two lopsided games against Bend and Summit

For the Crook County Cowboy basketball team, this preseason is all about getting better.PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Trent West goes in for two of his team-leading 18 points in the Cowboys' loss to Summit Friday in the teams' opener of the Central Oregon Tip-Off Classic played in Prineville.

After an undefeated season a year ago, the Cowboys have just two returning players off of last year's team.

That inexperience showed in a big way in Crook County's season opener, a 79-40 loss to the Summit Storm Friday night in the opening round of the Central Oregon Tip-Off Classic, which was held in Prineville. Saturday, the Cowboys were better, but still fell 68-48 to the Bend Lava Bears.

"I think we got better every quarter we played," Crook County head coach Jason Mumm said following Saturday's home loss. "The third quarter today against Bend we weren't as good as we could have been, but as long as we continue to get better, I think we will be all right. We play a tough preseason schedule; we have Gresham on Tuesday and then we have South Albany on Saturday, so we play some of these really good 5A and 6A schools — so we have to just continue to get better every single time we can."

Friday couldn't have started any worse for the Cowboys. The Storm jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised to the easy win. Summit led 34-10 at the end of the first quarter, 52-23 at the half, and 67-33 after three quarters before emptying their bench in the fourth quarter.

Crook County did look better after the first quarter, but still struggled to find a way to score.

Transfer Trent West was the lone Cowboy in double figures with 18, while Logan Mathews finished with nine and Tyson Martinez added six. Summit's Caden Harris led all scorers with 26, while Truman Teuber and Julian Mora were also in double figures for the Storm with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Crook County got out to a much better start on Saturday against the Lava Bears. The Cowboys were on fire early, jumping out to a 9-0 lead. However, Bend came storming back, closing to within 11-8 by the end of the first quarter. It was close the entire second period with the Cowboys still holding a 25-22 lead with less than a minute left in the half. Bend tied the score at 25, then took a two-point lead into the half after a foul was called on Crook County at the halftime buzzer. Bend's Austin Baker then sank two free throws after time had expired to give the Lava Bears a two-point halftime lead.

Bend then scored the first eight points of the third quarter to extend their lead to 35-25. The Lava Bears continued to extend their lead the remainder of the period, pulling out to a 55-34 advantage by the end of the third quarter. The two teams played even in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done as the Lava Bears came away with their third victory of the season.

The Cowboys were led by Ozzie Reed with 16 points, while West was also in double figures with 11 and Eddie Freauff chipped in with eight.

"We've been learning a lot and I think the hard competition we have been going against has been growing our chemistry even if the outcome hasn't been the best," Reed said following Saturday's game. "I think overnight we have already grown a lot as a team and there is major improvement. With a lot of inexperience on the varsity level, a lot of people are starting to figure out where they are supposed to be and their spots and everything they are supposed to do. I think it's really just growth and progress toward the end goal of a league championship and maybe a run at the tournament."

Ben Keown led the Lava Bears in scoring, while Baker and Cody Claussen each finished with 13. Christopher Doke was also in double figures with 10.

"I think it's encouraging that just in the two games you can see the improvements quarter by quarter and the changes we try to make quarter by quarter, how much we got better from yesterday to tonight and even how much we got better today from the third quarter to the fourth quarter," Mumm said. "That's a positive. We've got guys that have never played varsity basketball. We've got two guys with varsity experience. So just growing and learning and getting better each time and learning how to play varsity basketball."

The Cowboys have two more tough games this week as they host Gresham tonight at 6:30 p.m., then travel to South Albany on Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest.

Summit 79, Crook County 40

at Crook County

Summit 34 18 15 12 – 79

Crook County 10 13 14 3 – 40

Summit – Caden Harris 28, Teuber 15, Mora 11, Cox 6, Moore 4, R. Carmichael 8, H. Carmichael 2, Arnold, Caylor. Totals: 33 6-11 79.

Crook County – Trent West 18, Mathews 9, Freauff 4, Reed 2, Wood 1, Martinez 6, Teskey, Carr. Totals: 13 1-5 40.

Three-point goals – Summit: Teuber 4, Harris 2, R. Carmichael, Mora, Cox. Crook County: West 4, Mathews 3, Martinez 2.

Bend 68, Crook County 48

at Crook County

Bend 8 19 28 13 – 68

Crook County 11 14 9 14 – 48

Bend – Ben Keowin 23, Claussen 13, Baker 13, Doke 10, Lopez 5, Dornhecker 2, Roy 2, Shields, Johnson. Totals: 24 8-12 68.

Crook County – Ozzie Reed 16, West 11, Mathews 6, Freauff 8, Wood 2, Martinez 5, Teskey, Carr. Totals: 18 6-12 48.

Three-point goals – Bend: Keown 5, Doke 2, Claussen, Baker, Lopez. Crook County: Reed 3, Mathews, West, Martinez.


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