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5A Crook County Cowboys hit 20 3-points to beat Madras White Buffalo boys basketball team 88-43.

LON AUSTIN - Donnie Bagley drives to the rim.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 Dec 10.

The Cowboys scored 28 points in the first quarter, most from long range, as the team hit six 3-pointers in the quarter. 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 were unprepared.

"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 3-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 3-pointers in the first quarter and 20 in the game as they continually fired away from long range.

Sanchez hit eight 3-pointers on the night to lead all scorers with 24 points. He was eight for 11 from the floor, at one point hitting six straight 3-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 had 10.

"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 3-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 awhile 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% of their shots, while Madras went just 16 for 49, or 32% 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."

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."


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