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Cowboys hand Bulldogs first loss

The Killdeer Cowboys scored the first bucket of the game nine seconds in and the last with nine seconds left and ended up nipping the Bowman County Bulldogs by a 52-51 score.

 Posted Dec. 14, 2012

By JOHN ABRAHAMSON

Special to the Pioneer

The Killdeer Cowboys scored the first bucket of the game nine seconds in and the last with nine seconds left and ended up nipping the Bowman County Bulldogs by a 52-51 score. The win upped Killdeer’s mark to 2-1 while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-1.

Brady Roshau hit one from deep off the tip and Killdeer had a lead they wouldn’t relinquish until midway through the third quarter. Trenton Rohr dropped in the next bucket before Brock Pittsley scored the final six of period one to give Killdeer the 11-7 advantage after eight minutes of play.

Defense was a key for the Cowboys as they held the Bulldogs to not only seven in the first frame but 20 as the halftime horn sounded. Using primarily a 3-2 zone, Killdeer was able to limit the number of shots their guests could get up but also did a good job rebounding out of this defense.

The Bulldogs were able to outscore Killdeer 17-13 in the third period. The guests used a 12-2 run during the first four minutes of the third quarter to enable Bowman County to garner its first lead of the ballgame.

The Cowboys, down 27-32, then went on their own run. Using three buckets from Rohr along with a basket by Calum Blankenship and a deep three point goal from Pittsley, Killdeer was able to close the five point lead to one as the buzzer sounded ending the third period.

The final frame was back and forth. Again, balance was the key. Killdeer coach Wayne Sanders was able to see five different players put points on the board.

Calum Blankenship and Pittsley upped the Cowboy lead to 46-41.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to three before Rohr made another nice shot to move the lead back to five.

An old-fashioned three by the Bulldogs inched them to within three before Blankenship gave Killdeer the 50-46 lead.

The lead seemed safe at the 2:00 mark but the Bulldogs weren’t done. They rattled off five points and with 12 seconds left had the one point lead at 50-51.

It came down to the final seconds and the younger Blankenship had the game winning bucket with seconds left on the clock. The Bulldogs weren’t able to recover and Killdeer had their second win of the year.

Rohr led the squad with 16 points and postman Pittsley finished the regional matchup with 14 of his own. Roshau and Calum Blankenship each had six while Kulish and Riley Blankenship ended the night with four apiece.

Killdeer was led by Pittsley with nine boards and three assists.

Colter Braaten paced the Bulldogs with 16 points, seven rebounds, a pair of steals and an assist. Michael Palczewski chipped in 10 and tallied three stals and a pair of rebounds.

Brandon Orcutt finished with six points while Bondon Scott added five. Brandon Fischer and Chandler Braaten each added four points. Tanner Fischer finished the team’s scoring with a basket.

Brandon Fischer led the team with 10 boards, including two on the offensive end.

Free throws were certainly costly for the Bulldogs in the one-point defeat. Collectively, the Bulldogs made only 6-of-16 shots from the charity stripe (37.5 percent). No player on the team shot better than 50 percent on their free throws.

This week, the Bulldogs are competing in the Roughrider Tournament at Dickinson Trinity. The tournament concludes Saturday.