With just a handful of regular season games remaining, the Kimball boys’ basketball team looked to capture a big win at conference-rival Maple Lake Thursday, Feb. 6. However, the Irish had the same idea and dealt the Cubs a 76-65 loss. Kimball now drops below .500 in the Central Minnesota Conference standings at 5-6, and moves to a respectable 12-7 overall mark. Jarred Merchant topped the Kimball effort with 22 points. The game went back and forth the whole first half, and was tied at 24 with 7:08 to play in the half. Kimball pulled ahead by three late in the half, only to turn the ball over a few times as Maple Lake took a 1-point lead at the half, 36-35. Early in the second half, the game stayed close. After Maple Lake’s top player picked up his fourth foul, the Cubs built a 7-point lead at 48-41 with 11:26 remaining. On the next two possessions, the Irish hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the lead to 1. Kimball trailed 54-53, with fewer than seven minutes to play. Over the next three minutes, Maple Lake went on an 11-3 run and basically sealed the game. “We had a lot of bad turnovers during that stretch and did not play under control. It was a very disappointing game against a team we thought we had a chance to beat,” said Coach Jay Klein. Game scoring summary: Hennen, 15;
VonWahlde, 8; Hunt, 10; Serbus, 5; Spaulding, 5; Merchant, 22.
Junior Jarred Merchant fights for a shot vs. Maple Lake. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.