Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Cubs defeat Johnnies in overtime Kimball traveled to Collegeville to take on St. John's Prep last Tuesday, Jan. 27. The game was close the entire first half with neither team leading by more than six points. The Johnnies went into halftime with a one-point lead at 30-29. In the second half it was much of the same. St. John's stretched the lead to five with about seven minutes to play. Kimball battled back and the lead changed hands a couple more times with less than two minutes remaining. St. John's hit two free-throws with 30 seconds to play to give them a three-point lead. With 14 seconds left, Scott Nystrom drained a three-pointer from 24 feet to tie the score. The Johnnies shot as the buzzer missed and the teams were headed to overtime. The extra session started slowly, as both teams were tied at 54 with about three minutes gone in the overtime. A Nystrom basket with about a minute to play gave the Cubs the lead for good. Travis Erickson and Neil Helgeson made two clutch free-throws each to seal the victory for the Cubs. Scott Nystrom led the scoring attack for the Cubs with 27 points. Bobby Arens and Neil Helgeson scored 12 and 9 points respectively. Nystrom also added 17 rebounds and five steals. Neil Helgeson handed out four assists, and Bobby Arens had two blocked shots. The Cubs' record is now 6-4 overall. Offense absent as Cubs fall to Irish The Cubs faced the Irish of Maple Lake Thursday night, Jan. 29, in Central Minnesota Conference play. The game started out as a defensive battle between the two teams. Maple Lake took a lead of 18-17 into the intermission. In the second half, the game remained close with the Cubs having a chance to take the lead late in the game. A couple of shots fell short, and the Irish made two free-throws to clinch the victory. For the game, the Cubs shot 27 percent (13/48) from the field, while Maple Lake shot 46 percent (11/24). Travis Erickson and Bobby Arens led the team in steals with two each. Neil Helgeson dished out three assists. Scott Nystrom led the Cubs in scoring with 14 points and in rebounding with 14 boards. The Cubs are now 6-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Slow start hampers Cubs in loss to Raiders Saturday, Jan. 31, Kimball traveled to Norwood-Young America to take on the Central Raiders. The Cubs started off slowly and trailed by 19 at the half (38-19). In the second stanza, Kimball's defense picked up and they cut the lead to ten points on a couple of occasions. The first half deficit was just too much to overcome and the Cubs fell by a score of 52-42. The scoring column for the game was very balanced. Scott Nystrom led the team with 15 points. Bobby Arens chipped in with 9 and Andy Dingmann and Neil Helgeson each added 8. Nystrom led the rebounding effort with seven and Andy Dingmann passed out three assists. Kimball's record now stands at six wins and six losses on the season.