Cowboys cage Coyotes

HE SCORES! – Cowboy senior Camron Janzen gets by a Shelby defender and puts up a shot. He missed this attempt but hit two treys and a pair of free throws for eight points on the evening.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




Stick around long enough and you’ll see something you haven’t before.

Thursday’s Conrad-Shelby boys’ basketball game began without a jump ball.

The wrong number of a player had been entered in the score book and that was a technical foul on the Shelby coach.

Instead of the usual tip off, the Cowboys sent Camron Janzen to the line to shoot two free throws, he made one, and then passed the ball in from the side line.

Janzen wasted little time in dusting off the nets, drilling a long trey shot for a quick 4-0 lead for the home boys.

Shane Larson went coast-to-coast off a steal for a score and added another marker later in the period as the team was building a 6-0 lead over Shelby.

Devin VandenBos added a hoop off a steal and Terrence Kleinsasser homed in on a long bucket from the corner and added two free throws and the Cowboys were up 10-0.

Shelby didn’t score until Tyler White hit a jumper with the period half gone. The Coyotes came on to add four more points as the Cowboys fashioned a 14-6 lead.

In the second period, the Cowboys behind the shooting of Matt Missik, who had four points, Larson, Austin Zomer, and VandenBos put up another 14 points to lead 28-10 at the break.

In the third frame, neither team could buy a bucket and it wasn’t until near the end of the quarter that Zomer canned a short jumper for Conrad’s only score.

However, the Cowboys led 30-22 coming down the stretch and warmed up the basket, going on an 18-10 run to a win going away.

Zomer got hot and pumped in eight points in the final frame pushing him up to 13 for the game to lead all scorers.

In a balanced scoring attack, Janzen, Larson and Kleinsasser all pumped home eight points and VandenBos was right behind with seven. Missik earlier added his four points in the second period to round out the scoring.

Conrad homed in the nets on 18 shots from the field and was a good 10-14 at the line.

Shelby connected on 14 shots from the field and was 3-5 at the line.

Saturday the Cowboys faced off with the Fairfield Eagles and fell in an exciting contest that went down to the wire, 39-34.

Behind five points from VandenBos in the first quarter, the Cowboys trailed by just a shot,   10-9. At the intermission, the team was still down by one point, 17-16.

In the third quarter the Cowboys had the fans standing and yelling. There were two ties and three lead changes and going to the stretch, it was the home boys up by one, 27-26.

In the quarter, Missik tied the contest from the line and VandenBos floated home a shot for a 23-21 lead.

Janzen came down the lane and dished off to Missik who finished the play for a 25-21 lead.

In the final eight minutes, the Eagles took a 32-34 lead. VandenBos tied the game off a jump shot and a feed by Kleinsasser with just over two minutes to play. But it would be the last basket Conrad would hit and the Eagles put up five points to steal the deal, 39-34.

VandenBos led all scorers with 15 points. He also had six boards and one steal

Larson tossed up seven points, Missik five, Kleinsasser three, with Janzen and Zomer each scoring two.

The Cowboys hit on 12 shots from the field and were 10-18 at the line. The Eagles scored on 15 shots from the floor and were 6-10 at the line.

The home boys go to Cut Bank on Thursday and then get back into action at home on Jan. 3 when Choteau comes to town.