UP FOR TWO — Cowboy Graham Grubb, number 23, goes to the hoop for two of his 11 points against Heart Butte on Monday. Defending is Warrior Taylor Vaile. In the 56-45 win Grubb also had seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
In their final home game of the year, the Cowboys defeated their county neighbor Heart Butte 56-45. That was on Monday, the next evening the homeboys were in Cut Bank where they suffered a 60-46 loss in their last game of 2010.
Graham Grubb put the first points on the board for the game, streaking down the land for the basket. The lead was short lived. Tony Calf Boss Ribs nailed a three pointer to put the Warriors up 2-3
Wyatt Skunk Cap then drilled a jumper and Heart Butte held a 2-5 lead, but not for long.
Clay Winters canned a shot, Ben Moerkerke got inside and scored off a put back, Grubb drilled another basket and Austin Zomer nailed a shot and while it was a one point, 13-12 lead when the buzzer sounded to end the first period, Conrad would never trail again.
The Cowboys led 31-24 at the break and outscored the Warriors down the stretch 25-23 for the win.
Three players crossed the line into double figures for scoring with Grant Grubb leading the way, pumping home 16 points. Moerkerke had a double-double game, hit for 1, pulled in 17 rebounds and blocked four shots. Graham Grubb pumped home 11 markers and had four assists. Winters dumped in nine, Zomer six, and Sam Larson had a hoop.
The Cowboys hit on 22 shots from the floor and went 11-19 from the line.
Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “Our half court defense was solid and we used that to get some baskets in transition.”
For the Warriors, Tylor Vaile led the pack, pumping home 16 points.
Jayce Aimsback and Kyler Eagle Speaker both capped the night with nine points, Tony Boss Ribs scored five, Wyatt Skunk Cap added four and Brenden Wild Gun had a hoop.
The Warriors connected on 20 shots from the floor and went 2-5 at the line.
Tuesday the team was in Cut Bank to take on the Wolves.
The host team jumped on top early, going on a 21-11 first period lead and then had a 13-5 run after the intermission to help seal the deal.
Graham Grubb led all scorers with 14 points in a losing effort. Moerkerke, with yet another double-double game cashed in for 13 markers and 14 rebounds. He also had three steals and two blocked shots. Winters tossed in 11 points to round out the scoring leaders. Larson tossed in five points, and Grant Grubb had three points.
Coach Anderson noted, “We struggled to put the ball in the hole. Cut Bank is a solid team, we just need to execute better.”
The Cowboys scored on 15 shots from the floor and were 11-19 at the line. The Wolves hit on 23 shots from the field and were 11-24 at the line.
The Cowboys get back into action after the Holiday break, next on Jan. 6 when they host Fairfield.