Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Jay Klein, coach
St. John's Prep Johnnies defeated
The Kimball Cubs Varsity hosted the St. John's Prep Johnnies last Monday evening, Jan. 9. Kimball jumped out to an early lead by the score of 11-4. After the hot start by the Cubs, the Johnnies answered with a run of their own. St. John's Prep took a three-point lead into the break (24-21).
The Cubs made some defensive adjustments at the half, and it showed in the second period. Kimball did a much better job of defending in the paint and made St. John's Prep try to beat them with outside shooting. The Johnnies shot 7/27 (26 percent) from the field in the half. Offensively, the Cubs made four three-pointers for the half and went on to a 53-42 win.
Cameron Hunt and Austin Ruehle paced the scoring attack with 21 and 11 points respectively. Hunt also contributed seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Aaron Laabs and Jarred Merchant each hauled down six rebounds. The Cubs are now 4-5 on the season.
Turnovers hurt Cubs in loss to Huskers
The Cubs traveled to Holdingford to take on the Huskers last Thursday night, Jan. 12. Kimball started out very slowly, as they turned the ball over 12 times in the first nine minutes of the game. The Cubs trailed 13-22 with 4:39 remaining in the half, when they went on a 9-2 run. Kimball trailed by two at the half 24-22.
The Huskers went on an early run to begin the second half and take a nine-point lead. The Cubs answered and eventually built a four-point lead with 3:31 to play. After some misses at the free-throw line, the Huskers made two big three-point baskets to set up the dramatic finish. Trailing by one, Holdingford made the go-ahead basket with 7.8 seconds remaining. The final shot by the Cubs bounded off the rim as the Huskers defeated the Cubs by a 45-44 score.
Preston Peglow and Austin Ruehle led Kimball scorers with 10 points each. Jarred Merchant led the rebounding effort with eight. Cameron Hunt added four steals and three assists. The Cub's record fell to 4-6 on the season. They are currently 1-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference.