Cowboys open season with a split

34_bbbIN THE LANE  — Cowboy Graham Grubb comes down the lane and hits for two of his 10 points in the game with Whitehall at Manhattan over the weekend. The Cowboys lost this contest, 48-32.  Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin




Conrad gained a split in boys’ basketball action in their opening games of the season at the Manhattan Invitational.

In their opening game on Friday with the host, Manhattan trailed 23-21 to the home boys and over the second half the two teams went shot for shot with each other and Conrad held on to pull the 62-61 lead.

Only four homeboys scored in the game but all were in double figures, led by Clay Winters who lit up the scoreboard with 23 points, including four treys from downtown. He also pulled down four boards, had two assists, four steals and a blocked shot.

Right behind was Graham Grubb who banged in 19 points off the glass and had five assists.

Grant Grubb and Ben Moerkerke each tallied 10 points on their plate. Grubb grabbed six rebounds and Moerkerke seven.

Coach Tyson Anderson commented on the contest, saying, “We fought through early foul trouble to take the lead in the second half. Had we made our free throws late in the game we would have put it away earlier.”

Conrad hit on 12 of 26 free throw attempts and scored on 22 of 46 shots from the floor.

Saturday, the Whitehall Trojans slipped by the Cowboys 48-32.

Moerkerke led the team in scoring, popping for 15 points. He had a double-double game, matching his scoring with rebounds.

Graham Grubb put 10 points in his back pocket, Winters scored five, and Grant Grubb and Devin VandenBos each had a hoop.

“We didn’t bring the same intensity to the gym that we did on Friday,” said Coach Anderson. He went on to add, “Our offense struggled and we did a poor job on the defensive glass.”

Thursday the Cowboys open at home with Cascade, Saturday the Shelby Coyotes come to town and Monday the team plays Heart Butte on our floor.

They travel to Cut Bank on Dec. 21 for the final game of the year.