Tricounty News

Cubs advance in section 5AA playoffs

For the first time in 11 years the Kimball boys' basketball team won a playoff game. The Cubs hosted the Legacy Christian Academy Lions last Thursday night, March 10, in first-round action. Kimball jumped out to a great start scoring the first 10 points of the game. Legacy answered with a six-point run to trail by a score of 10-6. The teams remained close for the rest of the half, as Kimball went to the locker room with a five-point lead at 29-24.

In the second half, the game remained tight. The Lions closed the gap with about seven minutes remaining and tied the score at 41 all. Big plays down the stretch allowed the Cubs to get the lead back and hold on to it. Kimball's last 12 points were scored at the free-throw line, as they made 12/14 to close out a 57-47 win.

Neil Helgeson led all scorers in the game with 23 points. Dillon Menson and Brett Ostby chipped in with 11. Helgeson hauled down eight rebounds. Menson and Ty Filzen led the team with three assists each, and Cameron Hunt had three steals. The Cubs shot 84 percent (21/25) from the free-throw line.

The Cubs were to have played Zimmerman Saturday, March 12, at St. Michael-Albertville. Details were not available at press time. Zimmerman was the number one seed in the north sub-section of section 5AA. The Cubs record now stands at 14-11 on the season.