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Cubs’ basketball boys split end-of-week road trip

Following a convincing Tuesday night victory at Royalton, the Cubs kept to the road, visiting the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons Thursday, Dec. 5. The Falcons mounted a late run and overtook the Cubs in a thriller, 74-71. Cubs’ coach Jay Klein has mixed emotions. “We started out slow, behind 22-14 after about eight minutes. Then we were able to slowly work our way back, and ended up leading 38-31 at the half. In the second half, we switched defenses to zone to try and stop dribble penetration. Our defense was terrible all game long. I was very disappointed in the effort.” Kimball found themselves ahead by six, 68-62, with 3:42 to play. Poor shot selection and turnovers allowed ACGC to go on a 7-0 run to take the lead. The Cubs had a shot at the buzzer to tie the score, but it came up short.

Cubs’ stats: Merchant, double-double, 28 points, 13 rebounds; Hunt, 16; VonWahlde 13; Hennen, 9; Spaulding, 3; Serbus, 2. Cubs had 17 turnovers; outrebounded Falcons 43-29; shot 29/62 from the field, and went a perfect 8/8 from the charity stripe. “This was definitely a game we should have won that we let get away at the end,” coach Klein said.

Looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss at ACGC, Kimball hoped to end the long week on a good note. A rare Saturday-scheduled game, the Cubs came out aggressive and sharp, and won a nail biter at Dassel-Cokato, 65-61. As the game progressed, it grew quickly obvious that the boys were feeling the three-games-in-five-nights fatigue.  “We jumped out to an early 10-point lead at 12-2 and led by 10 at the break, 35-25. In the second half, they slowly cut into the deficit. Dalton Asplin had a tremendous game for DC. He had 30 points – 5/5 from downtown and 3/3 from the free-throw line,” coach Jay Klein said. Tying the game with a minute remaining, the Cubs missed a shot to win it in regulation, sending it to overtime. “Joey VonWahlde hit the basket that gave us a lead that we would not give up again and we held on for a nice win,” Klein said.

Cubs scoring: Merchant, 20; Hunt, 19; VonWahlde, 14; Hennen, 5; Serbus, 5; Spaulding, 2. 

The Cubs play their fourth and fifth straight road games, Tuesday,
Dec. 10, at Rockford, and Friday, Dec. 13, at Pierz.