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Cowboys Outlast Buhler Advance to Sub-State Final!

Trent SanchezFebruary 27, 2019

The Abilene Cowboys held on for a 41-39 victory over the Buhler Crusaders, Wednesday night, in the opening round of sub-state in Abilene.  Abilene led by as many as 13 points in the 2nd quarter but watched their lead shrink to just one in the 4th.

Abilene led 26-24 at halftime and 33-23 as the two teams entered the 4th quarter.  Buhler outscored Abilene 16-8 in the 4th and got back into the game with 3-point shooting.  The Cowboys also hurt themselves with poor shooting at the free-throw line.  The Cowboys were just 6-13 at the line and 0-4 in the final quarter. The Crusaders connected on 8-27 3-pointers in the game and six of those 3-pointers came in the second half.  Buhler Junior, Drake Dick did most of the damage.  He finished with a game high 16 points and made 5, 3-pointers, with three of those over the last two quarters.  It was a 3-pointer by Freshman, Isaiah Hernandez that cut the Abilene lead to 39-38, with 3:13 to play in the game.  The Cowboys would shut out the Crusaders the rest of the way and got a bucket from Senior, Tim Barbierri with 1:09 to play to give Abilene a three point win.  Barbierri led Abilene in scoring with 11 points and finished with 13 rebounds.  He stepped up with Senior, Preston Boyd side-lined with an injury.  He is expected to play Friday night. The Cowboys also got a solid night from Senior, James Mayden.  He scored all 9 of his points in the first quarter and helped Abilene jump out to a 14-6 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

(3) Abilene will play (6) Augusta Friday night at 7 PM at Abilene High School, with a birth to state on the line.  The Orioles defeated Abilene 68-55 in Augusta on December 7th.  Augusta defeated (11)Clearwater 64-46 Wednesday night.

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