NEAT ASSIST — Cameron Janzen, lower right in the lane, dishes off a nifty pass between two Cut Bank defenders to Ben Moerkerke coming down the lane, who went to the hoops for a score on Tuesday. Moerkerke had a double-double game with 18 points and 19 rebounds as Conrad stopped their Hi-line rival, 45-38. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The mark of a good team is when you can play ‘not so good’ and still come out with a win.
Conrad did that Tuesday and got a big victory over rival Cut Bank as they headed into the holiday break.
Early on there were four ties and three lead changes in a back and forth first quarter, but when the dust settled the Wolves had a three point 11-14 advantage.
However, that last score for the visitors came on a wing-and-a-prayer shot from Nick Stuart right in front of the buzzer.
The second quarter belonged to Conrad as they went on a 15-6 run, helped by back-to-back long range buckets from Cameron Janzen, three free throws from Devin VandenBos and scores from Ben Moerkerke and Clay Winters.
Janzen scored eight of his nine points in the second quarter and helped himself with a pair of treys.
Down the stretch the Cowboys saw the Wolves rally back as their shooting went cold. They scored just once from the field and had two free throws in the fourth period in holding on for the seven point win.
Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “Our defensive effort was outstanding throughout the evening. I was also pleased with our poise as Cut Bank gave a variety of looks defensively.”
B. Moerkerke led all scorers with 18 points on the night, eight coming in the third period. He pulled 19 boards for another double-double game and blocked a shot.
Janzen hit for nine markers, to go along with four boards, two assists and two steals. Winters was right behind with eight markers, four boards, two assists and a steal, Kesler Martin and VandenBos had three each, and Austin Zomer and Seth Moerkerke each had a hoop.
The Cowboys hit on 17 of 48 shots from the field and were 7-13 at the line. Cut Bank scored on 14 shots from the floor and were 5-12 at the line.
The Cowboys open the New Year with three road games, Choteau, Browning and Rocky Boy, before hosting the Havre Blue Ponies on Jan. 14.