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Seventh-grade boys' basketball wrap-up

Finish 8-4, take third at CMC Tournament

By Coach Barry Strand

The seventh-grade boys' basketball team closed out their season by taking third place in the annual Central Minnesota Conference Tournament in Pierz Saturday, Dec. 19.

The team started out the day by narrowly defeating a scrappy Howard Lake team in first-round action by a score of 39-37. The second game found the Cubs facing a good Holdingford team and the tallest team they had faced all season. The Cubs were defeated by a score of 41-29. B-B-E would be the team to beat for third place in the tournament. The Cubs took over the game from the start and never looked back, winning the contest by a score of 34-26. The win gave the Cubs third place in the tournament and their eighth victory for the season.

The season started with a half game against St. John's Prep in which the Cubs trailed after 14 minutes by two points. They then played EV-W the day after and were beaten by a score of 46-28. Our two first games were tough to swallow because we weren't really clicking as a team yet, but it did show us things that we needed to improve on. The team went to work in practice and it paid off. The Cubs would win the next three matches defeating Maple Lake 42-25, Rockford 30-23 and HL-W-W 48-45. The Cubs then faced EV-W, but were defeated by a score of 40-26. The loss moved their midseason record to 3-3. The Cubs again committed to more intense practices and working to improve both individually and as a team. The result would be another three-game winning streak by defeating Maple Lake 35-31, Rockford 39-24 and Howard Lake 43-39 heading into the CMC tournament with a 6-3 record.

I would like to thank the team for their enthusiasm, hard work and energy that they brought to practice each day.

The team and I would like to thank the parents and fans for their support at our games. It takes a lot of effort on everyone's part to be successful.

Go Cubs!