Jaguars too strong for Cubs
The Kimball boys' basketball team traveled to Brooten last Tuesday, Feb. 16, to take on the Jaguars. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa came out of the gates strong and jumped out to an early lead. Kimball battled, but trailed by 11 at the half (43-32).
Early in the second half, the Jaguars increased their lead to 20 points, only to see the Cubs answer with a run of their own. BBE showed why they are leading the conference, pulling away down the stretch. The Jaguars defeated the Cubs by a score of 84-53.
Three players scored in double figures for the Cubs. Alex Fischer tallied 13 points, Neil Helgeson scored 12 and Austin Ruehle added 11. Helgeson handed out eight assists and Fischer swatted five shots. Dillon Menson, Austin Ruehle, and Alex Fischer each totaled five rebounds.
Losing streak snapped at six in win over Pioneers
The Cubs came ready to play Friday night, Feb. 19, as they hosted the Pioneers from Pierz. Kimball came into the game on a six-game losing skid, but you could not tell this by the way the game was played. The Cubs felt like they had something to prove to a team they had not defeated in years.
Both teams battled in the first half, with Pierz leading by 5 at the break (30-25). In the second half, the Cubs kept the game within striking distance. At just under eight minutes to play, Kimball took their first lead since early in the game. The lead exchanged hands a few more times in the next three minutes.
With four minutes left in the game, and Pierz leading 43-40, Neil Helgeson ignited a Cubs' run. In the next minute Helgeson scored seven consecutive points to go along with three steals to put the Cubs in front to stay. Dillon Menson also took a big charge to force a turnover, foul a Pierz player out of the game, and keep the momentum going. Kimball knocked off Pierz by a score of 55-48.
Neil Helgeson led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points. Alex Fischer tossed in 11 and both Austin Ruehle and Dillon Menson added 9. Fischer led the rebounding effort with nine boards. Helgeson handed out five assists and contributed five steals. The Cubs' record now stands at seven wins and 12 losses on the season. In conference play, the Cubs are 3-8 on the year.