OFF BALANCED — Josiah Moerkerke banks home an off balanced shot in the lane against Cut Bank before the holiday break. Moerkerke scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the 65-57 win. I-O Photo by Adam Jerome
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
The Conrad Cowboys played two games before the Holiday break and split the matchups. On Monday the Cowboys took their undefeated record to Rocky Boy to take on their new 1B rival.
The matchup turned out to be a blowout as Rocky Boy edged Conrad 84-37. During the game the Cowboys lost Senior guard Nate Gage to a broken collarbone that will keep him out of the lineup for four to six weeks.
Without Gage, the rest of the team played at home against the Cut Bank Wolves, and got back on track with a 65-57 win.
On Monday night, the game got out of hand quickly as Rocky Boy jumped out to a 25-14 lead after the first period. The Cowboys struggled to get back in the game as they were down 49-21 at the break.
Rocky Boy scored in double digits all four periods as they routed the Cowboys.
Coach Tyson Anderson commented on the loss, “We let their pressure get to us. Turnovers led to easy baskets for them. Losing Nate early didn’t help, but we need others to step up now.
Josiah Moerkerke led the team in scoring with 10 points and also added four assists and five rebounds. Rhett Orcutt, Graham Grubb and Grant Grubb each scored seven points apiece.
Rob Brenteson scored four points, followed by Ben Moerkerke with two points. B. Moerkerke also hauled in a team leading seven boards.
On Tuesday, the Cowboys were at home to take on the Cut Bank Wolves minus their starting guard. Conrad struggled early with ball control as the Wolves played a press most of the night. The two teams were tied at 11-11 after the first quarter.
In the second period the Cowboys began to beat the defense as they racked up 22 points to take a 33-25 lead into halftime.
The Wolves came out in the third quarter ready to play as they came on to take a small lead mid-way through and were only down two points going into the final quarter.
The Cowboys would not be denied though as they outscored Cut Bank by seven in points in the fourth quarter to get the 64-57 win.
Coach Anderson added, “Our size was too much for them to overcome. We did a decent job handling their pressure, but should have put the game away when we had the chance. It was a nice way to bounce back after our performance from the previous night.”
In the absence of Gage, the rest of the team stepped up their offensive output as three players scored in double digits.
Graham Grubb had a tremendous scoring evening with a team high 23 points. Grubb was able to get to the charity stripe all night as he was a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line.
J. Moerkerke scored 16 points, eight of which came from the freebie line. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Grant Grubb scored 13 points and hauled in five rebounds in an all around solid performance.
B. Moerkerke added five points followed by Brenteson with four points and a team high 13 boards. Clay Winters scored three points.
Orcutt rounded out the scoring with one free throw while adding four assists and six rebounds.
The Cowboys head into their winter break with a 3-1 conference record and 5-1 record overall.
Conrad’s next game will be against Fairfield on Jan. 7 at the Corral.