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Cubs’ basketball boys fizzle-out Rockets

Whether they like playing makeup games or just prefer playing on a Saturday at home, the Kimball boys’ basketball team came out firing on all cylinders Feb. 1, as they handed their rival Rockford Rockets a 75-62 loss. The lead went back and forth with Rockford taking a 38-34 advantage into the halftime break. Rockford started the second half on a 6-0 run to gain a 10-point lead. The Cubs gradually worked their way back into the game and VonWahlde hit a three to tie it at 54 with 6:58 left. After the Rockets took a 2-point lead (56-54), Mathias Hennen’s three gave the hometowners a lead they would never again relinquish. Mathias went a sparkling 6/6 from downtown in the second half, and the victorious Cubs finished the game on an impressive 29-10 run.

“We had great contributions from everyone who played in the game. Ben Serbus played a great game for us even though you may not see it in the stats. He was always in the right place at the right time. Hennen’s 3-point shooting
W-CBBB-Joey-VonWahlde-puts-in-a-midrange-jumper-for-2-in-a-conference-win-against-Rockforddisplay was amazing. Jarred Merchant battled in the post all night and never gave up against a Rockford team that did everything they could to frustrate him. Cameron Hunt controlled the tempo of the game and consistently found the open shooter. Once again Joey VonWahlde played great defense and kept us close with his offense in the first half. Our bench players, Will Spaulding, Nate Overland and Hunter Schreifels each gave us solid minutes and fulfilled their roles,” said coach Jay Klein. The Kimball bunch fought through some real adversity in the game, trailing by 10 points in the second half, and the comeback was a great boost after a tough loss the night before. Cubs’ scoring summary: Hennen, 23; VonWahlde, 17; Hunt, 10; Serbus, 2; Spaulding, 2; Merchant, 21.

Cubs’ Joey VonWahlde puts in a midrange jumper for 2 in conference win against Rockford, a makeup game Saturday, Feb. 1. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.

 
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Cubs’ Will Spaulding drives the baseline during home make-up game against Rockford Saturday, Feb. 1. Staff photo by Marguerite laabs.