SHORT JUMPER — Graham Grubb goes up and bangs a shot off the glass in third quarter action against Choteau on Saturday. He scored nine points in the Conrad win, 33-30. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Conrad may have played two of their best games of the season this past week as they stopped rival Fairfield in their nest, 40-28 and then edged out Choteau at home, 33-30.
The Cowboys held a slim lead, 24-21 over the Eagles heading down the stretch. The home boys fashioned a 16-7 run in the final eight minutes of play to ice the game and move their conference record to 3-7.
Ben Moerkerke turned in a huge game, getting a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He came on to block five shots, get four steals and dish up three assists.
Graham Grubb pumped home 11 points, Grant Grubb added six more with eight boards, Clay Winters scored six and Devin VandenBos had a hoop to round out the scoring.
Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “That was great win. We controlled the tempo of the game and kept our turnovers down, 10, when they brought on the pressure. It was nice, Fairfield is a tough place to play.
Conrad hit on 18-46 shots from the field and was 4-12 at the line. The Eagles scored on just 10 shots from the floor and 4-11 at the charity stripe.
In a low scoring contest on Saturday, the team edged the Bulldogs of Choteau by three, 33-30. The home boys built a 16-11 lead by the intermission and then held on over the second half for the win.
Winters was in double figures for scoring with 10 points, three assists and five steals. Moerkerke hit for six, pulled in 11 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Graham Grubb scored seven points, Grant Grubb hit for six, with Sam Larson and VandenBos scoring two each.
The Cowboys had just nine turnovers, promoting coach Anderson to note, “When we keep our turnovers down we are a solid team.”
He went on to say, “Again our defense was solid and we were patient in offense.”
Conrad scored on 14-44 shots from the floor and was 4-9 at the line. Choteau hit on 13 shots from the field and was 4-10 from the line.
The team ends their regular home season with the Havre Blue Ponies coming to town on Thursday.
That will be Senior Night for the team and the cheerleaders.
Conrad moved their overall record to 6-10 and are 4-7 in conference play.