Boys open season at Killdeer

With each new basketball season starts a new adventure.

Posted Dec. 13, 2012

With each new basketball season starts a new adventure.

It’s the point where the team finally gets to stop going only after each other on the court in practice, and they get to find out just where they are in terms of development. Basically, each game night is a test.

The test at Killdeer started out just fine.

Each time the Cowboys got a score the Night Hawks had the answer. The teams battled back and forth with the Cowboys jumping out to a 10-4 lead after the Hawks had led 4-2. A quick timeout to make an adjustment or two led to a quick run by the Night Hawks as they outscored the Cowboys 8-0, to take a 12-10 lead just before the end of the quarter. Unfortunately there was just enough time for one of their players to take a couple dribbles and launch a prayer in front of the Hettinger-Scranton bench. The prayer was answered by way of a 35-foot bank shoot, and a 13-12 Killdeer lead after one.

The boys came out and scored the first basket of the second quarter and took a 14-13 lead. That would prove to be their last lead of the game.

The game stayed tight throughout the quarter but the Night Hawks found themselves trailing 29-24 at halftime.

To start the third quarter the Night Hawks got baskets by Hayden Sadowsky and Kye Erickson to cut the lead to three, twice, but each time Killdeer would answer. Killdeer’s lead would grow to seven in the quarter 39-32 before Sadowsky nailed a three-pointer to cut the gap. The Cowboys answered with a basket by Brock Pittsley to make the score 41-35 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw Killdeer get the ball inside for easy baskets as their weight and height advantage became too much for the smaller Night Hawks. The lead ballooned to 19 (59-40) with two minutes to go in the game.

The Night Hawks are young, but they don’t know what the word quit means.

They mounted a nice surge to end the game, outscoring Killdeer 10-2 to pull within 11 points but could get no closer. The Cowboys tacked on one more basket for the final margin of 63-50.


Scoring for the game: Stephen Kristy 14, Kye Erickson 14, Damon Mellmer 8,

Hayden Sadowsky 5, Chandler Miller 4, Christian Kilwein 3, and Tanner Stippich 2.