Crook County boys basketball toiling in tough non-league schedule
The Crook County Cowboy basketball team has played a brutal pre-league schedule.
The schedule has been so tough that the Cowboys are ranked 17th in the OSAA power rankings despite sporting just a 3-10 record.
"We've played a tough preseason, so we will see how much we have learned on Friday," Crook County head coach Jason Mumm.
This past week was more of the same as the Cowboys dropped a trio of games, falling 94-43 to Summit, 59-50 to La Grande and 70-53 to Baker.
Playing on the road on Wednesday, the Cowboys fell behind early and never recovered as they were blasted by the 6A Storm. Summit led 21-11 after one period, 54-22 at the half and 79-36 after three periods before coasting to the easy win.
The Storm finished with five players in double figures as Julian Mora had 18, Collin Moore 12, and Sam Renner 12.
Crook County was led by Tyson Martinez with 18 and Trent West with 10.
The Cowboys returned home on Friday and once again fell behind early against the La Grande Tigers.
La Grande led 16-6 at the end of one period and 26-16 at the half. The Tigers extended their lead to 44-28 at the end of three periods. But this time the Cowboys came storming back. The Cowboys outscored the Tigers 22-15 in the final quarter. Crook County got to within six points late in the fourth, but that was as close as they would get as La Grande held on for the win.
"We battled all the way to the end," Mumm said. "Defensively, we were pretty good. We didn't make shots on offense and we turned the ball over too much."
Martinez led the Cowboys with 17 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, while Mathews, 16, and Eddie Freauff, 10, were also in double figures for the Cowboys.
La Grande got a huge game from Devin Bell with 33. Brady Hutchins contributed 10 points.
Saturday was more of the same as the Cowboys played well at times, but were unable to sustain their momentum as they fell to the Bulldogs.
The Cowboys came out on fire offensively, and led 18-17 at the end of one period. But in the second quarter, Baker took advantage of Crook County turnovers to pull ahead and the two teams went to the locker room at the half with the Bulldogs leading 35-28.
Although they stayed close through the third quarter, turnovers turned out to be the difference in the game. The Cowboys, who had just four turnovers in the first quarter, finished with whopping 35 turnovers. Baker led 50-43 at the end of three quarters, then pulled away in the fourth as they rolled to the 70-53 victory.
"We talked about turnovers this morning and we talked about it in pregame," Mumm said. "We talked about turnovers and that was going to make us or break us in this game. I think we had four turnovers in the first, 11 in the second and then I think 10 and 10, so the first quarter was pretty good with four turnovers and then after than, you get 10 turnovers in a quarter you are not putting yourself in a good spot to win a basketball game."
Freauff was the lone Cowboy in double figures with 16 points, while West and Mathews each chipped in with nine.
Baker was a two-headed monster on offense with Isaiah Jones scoring 31 and Jaron Long 23.
The Cowboys open Intermountain Conference action on Friday when they go on the road to take on the Hood River Eagles, who had five consecutive games canceled before finally playing again on Saturday when they defeated Columbia High School 89-53 as they ran their overall record to 5-2 on the year.
Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
"The coaches did a tough schedule so that we would know going into the league season that it would be easier," said West, one of just two seniors on the Cowboy roster. "But I think now I see in the locker room that confidence is a little down. We just have to stop turning the ball over. Our defense has gotten a lot better over the last five or six games, so that can keep us in games moving forward."
Summit 94, Crook County 43
Crook County 11 11 14 7 â€“ 43
Summit 21 33 25 15 â€“ 94
Crook County â€“ Tyson Martinez 18, West 10, Freauff 6, Teskey 4, Teasdale 2, Levesque 2, Carr, Mathews, Ossenkop. Totals: 16 6-9 43.
Summit â€“ Julian Mora 18, Harris 16, P. Carmichael 14, Moore 12, Renner 12, Caylor 8, Strang 5, Arnold 4, H. Carmichael 3, Hall 2, Cox. Totals: 37 13-16 94.
Three-point goals â€“ Crook County: Martinez 3, West, Teskey. Summit: Mora 3, Renner 2, H. Carmichael, P. Carmichael.
La Grande 59, Crook County 50
At Crook County
La Grande 16 11 17 15 â€“ 59
Crook County 6 10 12 22 â€“ 50
La Grande â€“ Devin Bell 33, Hutchins 10, A. Rodriguez 6, Tsiatsos 5, Williams 2, Schow 2, Huntsman 1, C. Rodriguez, Staab, Begin. Totals: 24 3-12 59.
Crook County â€“ Tyson Martinez 17, Mathews 16, Freauff 10, Ossenkop 3, Teskey 2, Levesque 2, West, Carr, Wood. Totals: 17 7-11 50.
Three-point goals â€“ La Grande: Bell 5, Hutchins 2, Tsiatsos. Crook County: Martinez 4, Mathews 4, Ossenkop.
Baker 70, Crook County 53
At Crook County
Baker 17 18 15 20 â€“ 70
Crook County 18 10 15 10 â€“ 53
Baker â€“ Isaiah Jones 31, Long 23, Younger 6, Quintela 6, Hobson 2, Spike 2, Logsdon, Gambleton, Molina. Totals: 26 13-15 70.
Crook County â€“ Eddie Freauff 16, Mathews 9, West 9, Martinez 6, Ossenkop 4, Teskey 3, Teasdale 2, Levesque 2, Carr, Wood. Totals: 24 4-11 53.
Three-point goals â€“ Baker: Jones 2, Quintela 2, Long. Crook County: West 3, Martinez 2, Teskey, Mathews.
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