Tue, March 31

Cowboys clinch No. 3 spot in region

Camp Verde had some major ups and downs in the last two games of the regular season, and the team finished in third place in the region and look forward to playoffs next week.

The Cowboys traveled to Rough Rock on Thursday to get a win. The outcome was much more than a win, but a total blowout as the Cowboys could do no wrong in the second half getting the win, 83-55.

Camp Verde went ahead 14-9 after the first quarter and then the teams matched shot for shot in the second quarter, giving the Cowboys a five point lead going into the half. During the break the team must have eaten their spinach because when they got back on the court in the third quarter, they could do no wrong.

The Cowboys scored 35 points to Rough Rock's 18 led by Brian Ream and Matt Freeman who both shot three 3-pointers and the team shot eight 3-pointers in the third quarter alone.

The momentum calmed a bit in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys outscored Rough Rock, 20-14 and walked off of the court with the huge win.

Brian Ream was on fire offensively, scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds. Jordon Lewis had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Matt Freeman had 13 points.

"The third quarter was probably the best quarter of any team I have ever coached," said coach John Willey. "We hit six 3-pointers in a row."

The Cowboys clinched the No. 3 spot in the region with one game to go. On Friday the Cowboys traveled to go up against Red Mesa for their final regular season game. This time the Cowboys were lack-luster and didn't put up the numbers they had done the night before as Red Mesa defeated Camp Verde, 68-42.

"As well as we played on Thursday, was as poorly as we played on Friday," said coach Willey.

Red Mesa outscored the Cowboys, 19-8 in the first and then continued to outscore them each quarter following that for the 26-point win.

Ream led with 10 points, followed by Brendon Nelson and Seth Mosely each with seven apiece.

"We played like we had nothing to lose and they played like they had everything on the line," said coach Willey. "It was an opportunity to have some of the guys on the bench play."

The intensity was lacking due to the fact that this game had no bearing on the post season whatsoever. The Cowboys will have to gain that intensity that they had against Rough Rock if they want to be successful in the post season.

Camp Verde concludes their regular season with a record of 13-12 overall and 9-5 in conference. They will host the first round of the playoffs against the No. 6 seed on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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