Cowboys suffer dramatic OT loss to Cut Bank, 45-41

41_cb_0657COMING IN  — Grant Grubb waits for a time out to come in to play during the Cut Bank game last Tuesday. Watching the action on the courts is game announcer Zane Drishinski on the left and CHS Athletic Director Jim Carroll.  I-O Photo by Amy Salois





From the opening tip off with the Cut Bank Wolves on Tuesday, the home boys had the game.

Graham Grubb stuck a nifty jumper for the quick 2-0 advantage.  Sam Larson popped home a short shot, Grant Grubb hit a basket and all of sudden the Cowboys had a 6-0 lead.

The Wolves got back into the game with a trey shot from JJ Lighthizer and a bucket from Nate Kavanagh before Devin VandenBos stuffed a couple of free throws for an 8-7 lead after the first period.

Conrad owned the second period going on a neat 15-4 run to lead by 12 points, 23-11 at the intermission.

Ben Moerkerke, Larson, and Graham Grubb did the scoring damage with Clay Winters going 1-2 at the line.

While the home boys didn’t put the contest out of reach after intermission they still had a comfortable eight point lead going to the final eight minutes, 30-22.

However, the Wolves would not lie down and kept scratching away and got their first tie of the evening with 1:40 to play, 37-all.

With :60 to go Conrad had possession and held on to the ball at half court to get in the final shot. As the time clock sped to zero in the final seconds, the Cowboys had three shots from in close, but the ball would not fall and basketball hungry fans got an OT period for dessert.

Almost half way into the four minute period, Cut Bank got their first lead of the night, 39-37. There was another tie at 41-41. The Wolves’ Anthony Sheble came out of nowhere to drill six of his 10 points on the night in the OT and Lighthizer put the contest out of reach with :08 left, hitting a pair of shots from the free throw line to make the final 45-41.

Moerkerke led the team in scoring with nine pints. Larson and Grant Grubb both homed in for eight scores, Graham Grubb and Winters each added six and VandenBos scored four points.

The Cowboys scored on 17 shots from the floor and were 7-13 from the line. Cut Bank hit on 18 shots from the field and was 5-8 at the line.

Mark this in your notebooks: The final regular season game pits the Havre Blue Ponies riding into to town. This will also be Senior Night for the Cowboys and Cheerleaders.