Feb. 2—The Abilene Cowboys earned a pair of early week victories with wins over Wamego on Monday night, and North East Kansas Home School on Tuesday night. In what was a rescheduled make up game due to weather, Abilene won another important league game over the Wamego Red Raiders 65-44. On Tuesday, the Cowboys outlasted a very talented NEK Knighthawk team for a 67-57 home court victory. The Knighthawks are an approved KSHSAA school that allows them to play against public schools during the regular season, however restricts them from being eligible for post season play.
The Abilene Cowboys went on the road and used a balanced scoring attack, in which eight players scored in the game to defeat the Wamego Red Raiders Monday night 65-44.
The Red Raiders would take an early 5-2 lead before Abilene would briefly regain a 6-5 lead on a Stocton Timbrook basket at the 4:15 mark of the opening quarter. Wamego would then regroup for what would be their largest lead of the game by scoring six straight points and lead 11-6 with two minutes to go. The Cowboys would close out the quarter, and take the end of the quarter lead of 14-11 as Brax Fisher, Taygen Funston, Weston Rock, and Timbrook would all score baskets.
Abilene would quickly expand their second quarter lead to double digits as they opened with a 9-2 scoring run lead by a pair of Timbrook three pointers, and a Zach Miller three pointer. An old fashioned three point play by the Red Raiders and a single free throw would be all their offense could produce the remainder of the quarter. The Cowboys would close the half with three straight baskets by Timbrook, Keaton Hargrave, and a buzzer beater by Weston Rock to lead at halftime 30-17
Wamego would respond early in the third quarter by beginning with a 13-6 scoring run aided by three straight three pointers. With the score 36-30, and leading by just six points at the 3:23 mark, the Abilene defense stepped up and created multiple turnovers to close out the third quarter. Fisher, Rock, Taygen Funston, and Ian Crump all would account for twelve total points leading to a 48-32 lead entering the final quarter.
The Cowboys would maintain their double digit lead the remainder of the game, and win 65-44 Six players would score in the quarter led by Funston and Crump each with four points. Three players would score in double digits for Abilene including Timbrook with 15 points, along with Fisher and Funston with 11 points each.
Abilene 14 30 48 65
Wamego 11 17 32 44
Abilene (10-2, 4-0): Stocton Timbrook 15, Taygen Funston 11, Brax Fisher 11, Tyler Holloway 8, Weston Rock 8, Ian Crump 7, Zach Miller 3, Keaton Hargrave 2.
Wamego (4-9, 1-3): Spencer Hecht 14, Dusty Monroe 12, Drew Pettay 9, Kolton Cooper 5, Harper Lull 2, Caiden Newell 2
NE Kansas Homeschool (NEK) 57
The Abilene Cowboys were strongly tested by one of the best teams they've played all season, in the North East Kansas Homeschool Knighthawks.
Abilene's depth and pressure would have an impact on the game as they seemingly wore down NEK in what was a high intensity game.
Brax Fisher would lead the Cowboys in the opening quarter as he would score nine of his game high 23 points. The score would be tied 9-9 at the 4:03 mark before Abilene would close out the first quarter with a 16-9 scoring run to lead 25-18. Ian Crump, Tyler Holloway, and Stocton Timbrook would all score multiple baskets in the first quarter.
The inside game by the Cowboys would open the scoring early in the second quarter. Holloway would account for three early baskets that would propel Abilene to a double digit lead. The Knighthawks would close out the last three minutes with a 5-1 scoring run and trail by nine points, 36-27 at halftime.
The fast paced game would continue in the second half. Both teams would trade baskets back and forth for the first four minutes of the third quarter, and the Cowboys would maintain a nine point lead. Fisher and Timbrook would help push the lead to its largest point difference of the game at 13 points at the midway point of the quarter, and maintain that point differential to lead 54-41 at the end of three quarters.
Abilene would have to survive one last big push by the Knighthawks early in the final quarter as a 9-3 scoring run to begin the fourth quarter would cut the lead down to seven points at 59-52. The Cowboys would go on to regain a double digit lead and ultimately hold on for the 67-57 victory.
Seven Abilene players would score in the game including double digits efforts from Fisher, Timbrook, and Holloway.