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Cowboys split at the Cowboy Classic

Kason Janes focuses in and drops in an easy bucket. Photo by Jeremy Houston.

The Cowboys hosted the famous Cowboy Classic over Christmas break inviting the Piute Thunderbirds, the North Sevier Wolves and the Richfield Wildcats.

The Cowboys faced off against North Sevier on Wednesday night and got after it early, taking a 23-18 lead at halftime. The Cowboys finished off the Wolves by holding on to the lead in a highly defensive battle with a score of 46-39, putting the Cowboys in the championship to face off against Richfield. The bigs for Kanab got it done, with Kason Janes pouring in 18 points, Collin Szymanski adding 10, and Logan Little snagging a game high 13 rebounds.

The ever-popular Cowboy Classic Olympics were held Thursday morning with skill competitions between all the teams’ players. The Jerry West drill was won by a Cowboys combo of Ashton Grymes, Eli Garingaloa, Waylon Jennings and Jordan Cornell. The Long and Short drill was also won by a Cowboys squad made up of Little, Szymanski, Grymes and Cornell. The Cowboys own Saxton Unsworth took home the dunk contest trophy and Cornell came out on top in the three-point contest.

The Cowboys and Wildcats rained down threes as both teams’ defense made it difficult for points inside the paint. The Wildcats 6’8” Kaden Chidester who signed a letter of intent to play football for BYU had two blocks, and the Cowboys Kason Janes also had two blocks. Szymanski dropped in two early threes from the corner, spreading the court a little, allowing the lane to open up, but the Cowboys found themselves behind by six at the half. Richfield’s Connor Holroyd and Cowboys Cornell swapped threes, with Holroyd going three for seven, and Cornell going five for 13 from the arc.

The Cowboys late game charge to cut the lead came up just short as they weren’t able to overcome the early game deficit and the Wildcats held on to win 63-54.

The Cowboys will face off against region rival Parowan on Friday, January 7, at 7 p.m., at home.

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