Honing up for playoffs, the Cubs defeated Swanville Monday, Feb. 17, at home, 78-64. Junior Jarred Merchant led Kimball to the non-conference win with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Cameron Hunt had 20 points and 11 assists and junior Joey VonWahlde added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Cubs (14-9). Hennen had 5 points, Overland had 2, Spaulding finished with 4, and Serbus had a point.
The Cubs jumped out to an early lead and held that lead throughout the half. A run at the end of the half gave them a 9-point lead at the break, 38-29. Kimball surrendered 11 offensive rebounds, as Swanville made a run to cut the lead to three, 53-50. Joey VonWahlde answered with a three that helped Kimball go on a 20-8 run to seal the game. “I was not very happy with our defense and with how sloppy we played with a double-digit lead late in the game. We will have to fix these things if we want to make a run in the playoffs,” said coach Jay Klein. The Cubs’ first-round playoff game is at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 27, in Kimball vs. a good Onamia team.
Saturday, the Cubs traveled to Jaguar country and lost 90-36. B-B-E jumped out to a 12-0 lead. The Cubs had seven turnovers in their first eight possessions and cut the lead to nine (8-17) at one point. Following a Jaguar 48-21 halftime lead, B-B-E scored the first 10 points of the second half and outscored the Cubs 31-2. “It was a really poor effort on our part. There were many instances during the game where it looked like we did not even want to be there. This was definitely not how we wanted to end the regular season and head into the playoffs. In order to make any type of playoff run, we will need a good week of practice,” coach Jay Klein said. Game scoring summary: Hennen, 4; VonWahlde, 8; Hunt, 7; Schiefelbein, 5; Spaulding, 2; Merchant, 10.
Joey VonWahlde goes up for a shot and gets fouled by the Swanville defender Feb. 17. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.