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Kimball boys’ basketball bunch keeps on rolling

The Kimball boys’ basketball team remained hot last week, winning at Rockford and Pierz.

Rockford Rockets

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Cubs clipped the Rockets in a good-contested game, 69-66. Jarred Merchant rallied for another double-double, scoring 31 points and nabbing 12 rebounds for the Cubs, as they swiped the all-important conference victory. The game was close throughout the first half and Rockford held a two-point lead at the break (29-27). In the second half, the game was tied at 43, when Rockford went on an 8-0 run. After trading a few baskets, Kimball went on a 7-0 run to trail by one. Jarred Merchant then converted a three-point play, giving the Cubs a two-point advantage. Nick Tully answered with a three-point basket to allow Rockford to regain the lead. Will Spaulding answered with a three pointer, putting Kimball up two. Spaulding broke an eventual 63-63 tie, and the Cubs would not relinquish the lead. “This was a huge win for us. To start the conference season with a win on the road against a very good Rockford team should give the team a lot of confidence in the upcoming games. Jarred Merchant put up another double-double, and we had timely contributions from our guards throughout the game. We never quit which says a lot about the heart of this team,” Coach Jay Klein said. Cubs scoring: Hennen, 8; VonWahlde, 7; Hunt, 10; Serbus, 2; Spaulding, 11; Merchant, 31.

Pierz Pioneers

Looking for another perfect week, Kimball visited the Pierz Pioneers Thursday, Dec. 12, and took the win, 80-61. Kimball’s 14-0 run set the tone for the ultimate victory. The Cubs played a little sloppy in the second half, committing 10 turnovers and surrendering 10 offensive boards. Kimball had 11 turnovers to 17 for Pierz. Pierz had the rebounding edge, 33-28. The Cubs shot 14/17 from the free-throw line and 28/53 from the field (10 of 24 from 3-pt. range). “Our inside-and-outside game worked well tonight. We had 8-three pointers in the first half to go along with 12 points in the paint. In the second half we were 12/14 from 2-point range. We had great balance in our scoring once again, placing four players in double figures,” said Coach Jay Klein. Cubs scoring: Hennen, 12; VonWahlde, 14; Hunt, 16; Serbus, 6; Schreifels, 2; Overland, 3; Spaulding, 2; Merchant, 25. The win puts the Cubs at 2-0 in the conference and 6-1 overall. The Cubs return home for a Thursday, Dec. 19,
battle with Howard Lake-Waverly-
Winsted. They welcome the Ogilvie Lions on Friday, Dec. 20.