Traveling to Milaca Monday, Feb. 10, the Kimball Cubs dropped a non-conference battle with the Wolves, 71-56. Junior Mike Garber had 16 points and led Milaca to the victory. Junior Jarred Merchant led the way for Kimball with 20 points, and senior Cameron Hunt added 16 for the Cubs.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, Kimball lost at Eden Valley, 63-55, in a conference clash. Game scoring summary: Hennen 3, VonWahlde 10, Hunt 8, Serbus 2, Spaulding 10, Merchant 22. Kimball jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game. EV-W answered and was leading 18-14 at the 6:42 mark. The halftime score was 25-28 in favor of the Eagles. The Cubs again took the lead in the beginning of the second half, 30-29. The game stayed close until Kimball’s five-point lead with 4:30 to play. “We had a lead at 52-49 on a 3-pointer by Will Spaulding. EV-W then went on a 19-6 run to end the game. Turnovers hurt us down the stretch as we coughed it up four times in the last four minutes. I was really happy with our defensive effort for the most part. We just need to do a better job of taking care of the ball late in the game. We also need to utilize our inside game a little more,” said coach Jay Klein.
Kimball senior Ben Serbus’ 21 points led the way for Kimball in a Central Minnesota Conference win over Holdingford, 62-43, on Valentine’s Day. Game scoring summary: Hennen 5, VonWahlde 9, Hunt 6, Overland 1, Serbus 21, Spaulding 5, Merchant 15. “We started all of our seniors for senior night. The game was close the entire first half. The Huskers’ Grant Bullert caught fire as he put up 18 first-half points, but Ben Serbus matched him with 14 first-half points of his own,” said coach Klein. Holdingford led by 1 at the break, 28-27. The Cubs switched defenses to start the second half and it proved to be effective. Kimball went on a run and the lead grew to 20, 55-35, with 5:03 to play. “Ben Serbus really stepped up on senior night, with career highs in points, rebounds and steals. Cameron Hunt did a great job of running the show and getting everyone involved,” added coach.
Kimball Cubs’ seniors are, from left to right, Hunter Schreifels, Cameron Hunt, Ben Serbus, Mathias Hennen, and Nate Overland. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.