Cowboys stumble to start season

Conrad opened their basketball season with a win and a loss at the Manhattan Invitational over the weekend.

They stopped the host team, the Tigers, 62-54 and then lost a tough game to the Deer Lodge Wardens, 59-49.

Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “That was a good win for us. The Tigers are a competitive team.”

A back and forth contest was tied at 37-37 going into the final eight minutes. The home boys came on and took control and went on a 25-17 run to ice the game.

Shane Larson, a junior, came on to roll in 20 points to lead the Cowboys. He had four steals on the evening, one assist and two rebounds.

Three other Cowboys went into double figures for the game. Tyler Padilla turned in a nice all around game. He sliced the nets for 11 points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out two assists and had six take-aways.

Kyle Murack banged in 11 markers and Matt Missik popped for 10 and grabbed four boards.

Blake Underdahl scored four points, and Tristen Diedrich and Clark Judisch each banged in three buckets off the glass.

Conrad scored 23 of 53 shots from the floor and was 13-22 at the line.

Saturday, the Cowboys were hot early against the Wardens, building a 7-0 lead and a 34-23 advantage by halftime.

It looked like the team was on their way to another big win. However, Deer Lodge would not go away and the second half of the game belonged to them as they outscored the home boys 36-14 and pulled off the win.

Larson had a nice game again, bending the hoops for 14 points, pulling down eight rebounds, putting out seven assists to go with five steals and a blocked shot.

Padilla was right behind, burning up the nets with 11 points, coming away with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

Missik put up eight markers, Diedrich added seven, Judisch four and Underdahl had a hoop to round out the scoring.

Monday, Conrad went to visit Heart Butte and suffered a 57-54 loss to their Class C county rival.

Early on, in what is becoming a trend, Conrad took control and led 30-24 at the break.

Coming down the stretch in the second half, the Warriors turned it on and outscored the Cowboys 33-24 for the close win.

Three players reached double figures for scoring, with Missik popping for 15 markers to lead the way. He also had six boards two assists and a blocked shot.

Larson was right behind with 14 points and one rebound short of reaching a double-figure game. He also had three steals and one assist.

Diedrich tossed home 10 points and had six boards, Jack Grubb and Kyle Murack both had three points, Brett Peters and Padilla each scored with a bucket and Underdahl was one of two at the line.

The Cowboys hit on 21 of 57 shots from the field and went 9-16 at the line.

Friday, Fairfield comes to town for a 7 p.m. game and Saturday, the Cowboys take on Shelby in a 5:30 p.m. contest.