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Crook County High School whips Parkrose and North Bend for first wins of the season

LON AUSTIN - Eddie Freauff drives to the basket during a Cowboys' game against Gresham earlier in December. CCHS grabbed their first wins of the season last week, topping Parkrose and North Bend. Freauff led the Cowboys with 15 points in win against North Bend.After getting off to a slow start to the 2021-2022 basketball season, the Crook County Cowboys went 2-2 this past week, as they earned their first wins.

Tuesday, the Cowboys hosted Parkrose, and were in control from the start as they rolled to a 70-51 victory.

"We got better tonight just like we did the other three games," Crook County head coach Jason Mumm said following the win. "We did some good things."

Thursday, the team was back in action at the three-day Marshfield Holiday Classic. The Cowboys opened the tournament with a blowout 61-24 victory over North Bend. However, the remainder of the tournament was tougher as the Cowboys fell, 84-66 to the Marshfield Pirates, and then lost 69-53 against the Philomath Warriors.

"The tournament gave us another opportunity to get better," Mumm said. "We learned and we will use that to continue to improve."

Tuesday at home, the Cowboys rolled out to a 22-9 first quarter lead. However, Crook County struggled to score in the second quarter as Parkrose closed to 31-23 at the half. That was as close as Parkrose would get however. Crook County outscored Parkrose 20-16 in the third period, and 19-12 in the final frame as the Cowboys pulled away for the easy win.

"After playing those tough teams it feels great to go out against a team like us and get a win," sophomore guard Logan Mathews said after the win. "Those first three games were against some top 6A teams so we went out tonight and it was pretty easy. We are capable of a lot more. We need to stop turning the ball over and play some more defense. Just hustle and intensity."

Mathews was one of four Cowboys in double figures in the contest with 14 points. Ozzie Reed led all players in scoring with 17, while Trent West finished with 15 points, and Eddie Freauff finished with 10. Cameron Carr and Tyson Martinez also had solid offensive efforts with six points apiece.

"Our scoring was really balanced tonight," Mumm said. "We passed the ball really well. We are starting to rebound the ball a little better. I think if we continue to get better and continue to work on some of those things that you have to do to win games, we will continue to get better and better. This was a really big step forward. Our best game that we have played this year by far."

KuVarie Davis led Parkrose in scoring with 13, while Kamar Beno was also in double figures with 12.

The Cowboys did not play as well offensively against North Bend, but they played great defense the entire contest.

Crook County led 13-5 at the end on the first period. Then, the Cowboys shifted into high gear in the second quarter as they outscored North Bend 21-7 in the period to take a 34-12 halftime lead.

With the big lead it would have been easy to have a second half let down. Instead, the Cowboys continued to pull away in the third period as the raced to a 51-19 lead.

Crook County played their entire roster in the final period and still continued to pull away as they outscored North Bend 10-5 in the period. Freauff led Crook County in scoring with 15 points, while Mathews was also in double figures with 13. West finished with nine, Jesse Wood eight, Martinez 5, while Carr and Reed added four points each and Lucas Teskey scored three. Sam Michelson was the lone North Bend player in double figures with 13.

The Cowboys stayed close to the tournament host Marshfield Pirates for much of the game, but still came up short Friday night. Marshfield led 20-16 at the end of one period and 43-35 at the half.

However, the Cowboys were unable to keep pace in the second half as the Pirates slowly pulled away.

The big difference in the contest was free throws with the Pirates converting on 23 of 27 free throws, while Crook County hit just 5 of 8.

West and Freauff each scored 17 points for the Cowboys, while Mathews added 13 and Reed chipped in with 10. Mason Ainsworth led Marshfield with 27 while Dominic Montiel finished with 22.

The Pirates went on to defeat Redmond 67-53 to win the tournament.

Meanwhile, Crook County was unable to hold an early lead as they fell to Philomath in Saturday's consolation round.

The Cowboys rolled out to a 22-17 lead at the end of one period, but struggled to score in the second quarter as they fell behind 36-29 at the break. From there the Warriors continued to pull away as they led 53-41 at the end of three periods and rolled to the 69-53 win.

Martinez finished with 15 points to lead the Cowboys, while Freauff was also in double figures with 12. Mathews, and West each finished with eight, while Reed added five.

Philomath was led by Ty May and Cole Beardsley with 20 points apiece.

"It seems like every quarter we play we seem to get a little bit better and a little bit better," Mumm said. "We are starting to figure things out. If we can just do that throughout the year we will be fine."

Crook County is now 2-5 on the season. The team has some time off until after Christmas when they head to Bend for the three-day Summit Holiday Classic. The Cowboys are scheduled to open the tournament on Tuesday, December 28 with a 7:45 p.m. game with David Douglas, which will be played at Bend High School.

Crook County 70, Parkrose 51 at Crook County Parkrose 9 14 16 12 – 51 Crook County 22 9 20 19 – 70 Parkrose – KuVarie Davis 13, Benbo 12, Crawford 7, Priestley 5, Sims 4, Fields 3, Marshal 3, Payton-Rivas 2, Bradford 2, Johnson, J. Blair, Oberman, Ja. Blair. Totals: 20 8-20 51. Crook County – Ozzie Reed 17, West 15, Mathews 14, Freauff 10, Carr 6, Martinez 6, Ossenkop 2, Teskey. Totals: 28 8-15 70. Three-point goals – Parkrose: Priestly, Benbo, Fields. Crook County: Mathews 2, Martinez 2, West, Reed.

Crook County 61, North Bend 24 at Marshfield North Bend 5 7 7 5 – 24 Crook County 13 21 17 10 – 61 North Bend – Sam Michelson 13, Rinderle 6, Padgett 2, Wirth 2, Foriester 1, Jones, Justice, Edera, Robertson, Wicks, Jackson, Flores, Borras. Totals: 8 7-13 24. Crook County – Eddie Freauff 15, Mathews 13, West 9, Wood 8, Martinez 5, Carr 5, Reed 4, Teskey 3, Ossenkop. Totals: 24 7-9 61. Three-point goals – North Bend: Rinderle. Crook County: Mathews 3, West, Carr.

Marshfield 84, Crook County 66 at Marshfield Crook County 16 19 14 17 – 66 Marshfield 20 23 19 22 – 84 Crook County – Eddie Freauff 17, Trent West 17, Mathews 13, Reed 10, Ossenkop 4, Teskey 3, Wood 2, Carr, Martinez. Totals: 25 5-8 66. Marshfield – Mason Ainsworth 27, Montiel 22, Swinson 12, Davidson 12, Mateski 9, Pederson, Ellsworth, Waterman, Daugherty, Weatherston. Totals: 28 23-27 84.

Philomath 69, Crook County 53 at Marshfield Crook County 22 7 12 12 – 53 Philomath 17 19 17 16 – 69 Crook County – Tyson Martinez 15, Freauff 12, Mathews 8, West 8, Reed 5, Carr 3, Wood 2, Teskey, Ossenkop. Totals: 20 1-3 53. Philomath – Ty May 20, Cole Beardsley 20, Russell 10, Ordway 6, Mathews 4, Kramer 4, Peters 3, Cartes 2, Lattin. Totals: 29 5-8 69. Three-point goals – Crook County: Martinez 5, West 2, Freauff 2, Mathews, Carr, Reed. Philomath: Beardsley 4, May 2.

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