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Cubs boys' basketball-Maple Lake, EV-W

By Jay Klein, Boys' Basketball Coach

Cubs struggle against Irish

The Kimball Cubs traveled to Maple Lake last Monday, Feb. 1, to take on the Irish. The game remained close throughout the first half, as a late rally cut the Cub's deficit to 4 points at the intermission. Maple Lake led by a score of 26-22 at the break.

In the second half, the Irish stretched the lead to as many as 18 points. The Cubs tried to rally, but came up short. Maple Lake defeated Kimball by a score of 60-47.

On the boards, Kimball was led by Alex Fischer with 7. Neil Helgeson tossed in 21 points and added three steals and three assists. Once again, the Cub's struggled shooting the ball, going 18/52 (35 percent) from the field. The game against the Irish rounded out the first half of conference play, with the Cubs' record at two wins and five losses. Kimball has lost five conference games in a row.

Cubs lose sixth conference game

The Kimball Cubs traveled to Eden Valley last Friday night, Feb. 5, to take on the Eagles. The Cubs struggled from the start and could not match the intensity level of the Eagles. Kimball trailed by more than 20 at one point in the first half. The score at intermission was 34-17 in favor of the Eagles.

The Cubs came out in the second half and played much harder. The deficit, however, was too much to overcome. Kimball fell by a score of 61-39. The loss dropped the Cubs' conference record to two wins and six losses. Overall, the Cubs are now 6-10.

Alex Fischer scored a season-high 17 points and led the scoring attack for the Cubs. Jared Mackereth topped all rebounders with six boards. Pat Libbesmeier dished out four of the Cubs' ten assists.