Cubs v Ogilvie, 96-46
Playing a rescheduled game on Monday, Dec. 16, the Kimball boys’ basketball team looked ready to go as they clobbered the visiting Ogilvie Lions, 96-46. Senior guard Cameron Hunt posted a double-double, scoring 14 points and dishing out 15 assists. “We jumped out to an early lead, and at the 7:43 mark we were ahead 45-22. In the second half everybody received a lot of playing time, and we were able to put everyone in the scoring column, which was great,” said Coach Jay Klein. The Cubs charted 29 assists, shot 23/40 from two-point range, 12/32 from downtown, and 14/21 from the free-throw line. “We had eight different players who made at least one three-pointer,” Coach Klein said. Cubs scoring: J. VonWahlde, 21; J. Merchant, 18; C. Hunt, 14; B. Serbus, 7; Mason Hennen, 6; Mathias Hennen, 6; B. Faber, 6; W. Spaulding, 5; N. Overland, 3; B. Schiefelbein, 3; I. Ehlinger, 3; H. Schreifels, 2; A. Marx, 2.
Cubs lose to HL-W-W, 73-69
In a fairly crucial, albeit early-season conference battle, Kimball hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Thursday, Dec. 19, and fell to the Lakers, 73-69. Junior guard Joey VonWahlde had 22 points and junior center Jared Merchant added 21 points and 14 rebounds, but Kimball was unable to answer the bell. Senior guard Cameron Hunt recorded nine points and eight assists for the Cubs, now 2-1 in the conference and, 7-2 overall. The Cubs started out slowly, but eventually caught up and then traded baskets for a while. Kimball held a 33-31-halftime advantage, but the Lakers went on a run, ultimately procuring a 12-point lead. Following a few timeouts, the Cubs clawed their way back with some three-pointers late, but it was too little too late. “I was very disappointed in our defensive effort in all areas the whole game. We did a poor job of communicating on the floor, contesting shots, fighting through screens, blocking out, and rotating defensively. At this point, roughly a third of the way through the season, I am happy with where we are at offensively, but we still have a lot of work to do on the defensive side if we are to improve,” said coach. Cubs scoring: J. VonWahlde, 22; J. Merchant, 21; W. Spaulding, 12; C. Hunt, 9; B. Serbus, 3; M. Hennen, 2. Kimball welcomes the New Year and the Maple Lake Irish Friday, Jan. 3.
Cameron Hunt lays it up for 2 on a fast break against HLWW. Staff photo by
Jared Merchant put it in for 2 and picks up the foul for a 3-point play.