Cubs Fall to Royals
The Kimball Cubs traveled to Royalton last Monday, Feb. 22, to take on the Royals. Kimball jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, only to see the Royals answer as the teams battled in the first half. A put-back basket at the buzzer gave the Royals a one-point halftime lead (23-22).
The momentum carried over to the second half, as Royalton built their lead to double digits over the Cubs. Kimball struggled to solve the Royals 2-3 zone defense and lost by a score of 57-41.
Alex Fischer and Neil Helgeson led the scoring attack, each netting 13 points. Dillon Menson and Pat Libbesmeier paced the Cub rebounders with seven apiece. Danny Jenson had three steals and Helgeson handed out four assists.
Dassel-Cokato rallies to defeat Kimball
Dassel-Cokato hosted the Kimball Cubs Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Cubs started out slow, but remained close throughout the first half. A late rally allowed the Cubs to take a 3-point lead at intermission (26-23).
The Chargers tied the score at the beginning of the second half with a long range three-pointer. The game remained tight for most of the second period. Down the stretch, the Cubs had to foul, and the Chargers iced the game at the free-throw line, beating the Cubs by a score of 56-46.
Neil Helgeson and Dillon Menson topped the scoring column for the Cubs with 17 and 10 points respectively. Menson and Alex Fischer led the rebounding effort with eight boards each. Helgeson and Pat Libbesmeier added four and three steals for Kimball.
Hot start, cold finish, dooms Cubs at Rockford
Kimball traveled to Rockford Thursday, Feb. 25, to take on the Rockets in a CMC clash. The Cubs started out great on the defensive end, holding the Rockets to eight points in the first eight minutes of the game and took a 16 to 8 lead. The Rockets answered, however, and led by three at the half (27-24). In the second period, the Cubs saw their deficit get even larger at 11 points before they made a run of their own. The Cubs cut the lead to one with just over a minute remaining. Down the stretch, the Rockets converted their foul shots pulling out a 6-point victory, 61-55.
Neil Helgeson led three Cubs' players in double figures with 21 points. Alex Fischer and Pat Libbesmeier added 11 and 10 points respectively. Fischer and Libbesmeier also hauled down six boards each. Austin Ruehle and Aaron Laabs each dished out three assists. On the defensive end, Libbesmeier contributed four steals.
The Cubs overall record now stands at seven wins and 15 losses. They have a record of 3-9 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Kimball will close the regular season with home games against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Maple Lake this week. Tournament play begins Thursday, March 11.