Tricounty News

Young Cubs play well at Delano

The sixth-grade boys' basketball team traveled to Delano Feb. 7, for the Tiger tourney. A great deal of preparation was necessary the week prior to this tourney because of some new tourney rules the young Cubs were not accustomed to. Full-court press at any time during the game and any zone defense could be used at this tourney. The Cubs responded well to this new type of play and did quite well. Their first game was against Watertown, to whom they lost earlier this year. We came out in a half-court 1-3-1 trapping zone together with a tough full-court man to man, which seemed to work well. The young Cubs never looked back, and won their first game of the tourney by 12 points. Their next opponent was St. Francis. This was a much closer game, but key free throws in the end put the Cubs up by 5 points. We played Hutch in the Championship. Kimball started off slowly against an agressive and fundamentally sound Hutch team that only gave up 8 and 9 points the two previous games. We got down by 15 points at the half, but changing to a full-court press allowed the Cubs to hold their own in the second half. They did finish the game, losing by 15, but pointed out that we scored 25 points, compared to the 8 and 9. The sixth grade should be quite proud of their showing and second place at the Delano tourney. Great strides were made with concepts of team defense and balanced scoring. The young Cubs next tourney is at Kimball Feb. 28. There are still some openings for this tourney if any teams are interested. Please contact Leo Wirth. Members of the sixth-grade team include Will Spaulding, Joe VonWahlde, Brady Faber, Brandon Schiefelbein, Ty Morrison, Mike Vossen, Tanner Schriefels, Jarrod Merchant, and Isaiah Elhinger. Coaches Spaulding, Hilbert, and Merchant.