DRIVING HOME — Senior Cowboy Ben Moerkerke drives past a Havre defender after gathering in a pass from Cameron Janzen and goes to the hoop for two of his nine points on Saturday. Conrad won the game over the Blue Ponies, 35-26. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Conrad put a big “W” in the win column, twice, over the weekend, stopping Rocky Boy 47-40 and then knocking off Class A Havre on the home court, 35-26.
Facing the North Stars on their home ground, Conrad dropped behind by one point 8-9 in a low scoring first quarter.
But in the second frame, led by Clay Winters’ seven points, the Cowboys went on a 15-19 run to lead 23-18 at the break.
After the intermission, Conrad outscored Rocky Boy 24-22 for the victory.
Winters dented the score board for 20 points, a season high. Ben Moerkerke tallied up 17 markers and 12 rebounds on his way to a double-double game. He led the team with four steals and a blocked shot. Devin VandenBos and Cameron Janzen both scored four points and Sam Larson added a hoop.
The Cowboys hit on 17 shots from the field and were 12-20 at the line. Rocky Boy also hit on 17 shots from the floor, but they were only 2-10 at the line.
Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “Our effort was outstanding. We made better decisions than the previous weekend which limited their transitions.”
He went on to add, “We also did a nice job withstanding (scoring) runs Rocky made and in-turn made runs of our own.”
Saturday the home boys stopped Havre in a low scoring contest 35-26. Brandon Smith got the Ponies on the board first with a three point bomb off the right wing.
But B. Moerkerke laid in a shot from under the basket and Kesler Martin nailed a three pointer for a 5-3 lead. Conrad never trailed again in the game.
Moerkerke added two more buckets and Devin VandenBos scored on lay-up off a terrific pass from Winters who was streaking down the baseline when he dished off to VandenBos in the lane.
On his way to the hoop he was also fouled and completed the three point play.
In the second quarter, neither team could buy a basket. Seth Moerkerke scored all three of the Cowboy points, hitting a shot, got fouled and he too completed the three point play. Havre couldn’t score from the floor at all. Their two points came from free throws by Kade Risman.
In the second half Conrad outscored Havre 20-15 for the win.
Martin led the team in scoring, tallying 11 points.
B. Moerkerke put up another good game, hitting for nine points, pulling down eight boards, dishing out one assist, having four steals and three blocked shots.
Winters, VandenBos and S. Moerkerke all hit the rim for five points.
“We came out flat and missed some open looks, but we did a nice job defensively and got to the fouled line to make up for our shooting woes,” said coach Anderson.
The team hit on nine shots from the field but did a nice job at the line, going 16-27. Havre scored on 10 shots from the floor but was just 2-4 from the line.
The Cowboys have four games on the road starting with Fairfield, but the win over Class A Havre should be a confidence builder for them.
They are not home until Feb. 2 when Choteau comes to town to play in the Corral.