Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Jay Klein, Coach
In the first round of the Kimball Holiday Tournament, the Cubs hosted the Thunder from Long Prairie/Grey Eagle. The Thunder jumped out to an early 10-2 lead on the Cubs. Kimball played even with LP/GE the rest of the first half and found themselves trailing 15-7 at intermission.
In the second half, some adjustments were made and the Cubs executed much better against a tough 2-3 zone defense. Kimball gradually worked their way back into the game. With five minutes remaining, the Cubs were trailing 28-23, but had momentum on their side. The score was tied at 31, and Kimball had the ball with just more than a minute remaining. A timeout was called at the 30-second mark to set up a potential game-winning shot. Coming out of the timeout, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle switched to a box and one defense on Neil Helgeson and forced Kimball to call their last timeout to design another play. Kimball inbounded the ball with 13 seconds remaining. The Thunder's defense took away both options that were drawn up in the previous timeout. With about three seconds remaining, the ball was passed to Ty Filzen who drove to the basket and shot just as time expired. As the horn sounded the ball fell through the net and players from Kimball were celebrating the dramatic come-from-behind victory.
Neil Helgeson led the team in scoring with 15 points. The hero of the game, Ty Filzen, added six. Dillon Menson battled for eight rebounds on the night. Cameron Hunt dished out two assists and Neil Helgeson added four steals. Seke Snead was four of four from the free-throw line in the second half, which proved to be a key factor in the Cubs win. The Cubs advanced to the championship game to face the Upsala Cardinals. Upsala defeated Norwood/Young America in the first semifinal by a score of 75-63.
Cubs drop first game of the year to Upsala
In the championship game of the Kimball Tournament, the Cubs hosted the Cardinals from Upsala. The game started out close, as both teams struggled offensively. Upsala took control midway through the first half, and was leading by a score of 31-21 at the break.
In the second half, the Cardinals picked up where they left off in the first. Kimball gave up a lot of open shots and they paid for it. The Cardinals made six three-pointers in the second half, and went on to win by a score of 68-48.
The Cubs placed three players in double digits in scoring. Neil Helgeson had 12, Brett Ostby had 11, and Dillon Menson netted 10. Cameron Hunt hauled down six rebounds. Neil Helgeson handed out five assists and had three steals. The Cubs shot 35 percent (19/55) from the field and 64 percent (7/11) from the charity stripe. Kimball now has a record of four wins and one loss on the season.
A total of six players were named to the all-tournament team. The team included: Duane Miller-LP/GE, Spencer Nelson-N/YA,
Jacob Voss and Brandon Welinski-Upsala, and Ty Filzen and Neil Helgeson-Kimball. Upsala was the third different champion in the three years of the tournament.