By Pat Garry, Staff Writer
The Cubs survived a highly competitive week, defeating Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 63-58, Tuesday, Feb. 4. On Thursday, the Kimball bunch took on the EV-W boys, and lost to the red-hot Eagles, 69-33. Bouncing back nicely from that contest, the Cubs edged out PACT Charter, 61-60, on Friday, to finish the week on a winning note.
Kimball stats: Noah Young, 8 pts; Chase Gustafson, 21 pts,
4 rebounds; Hunter Hickman, 1 pt, 5 rebounds; Gabe Becker, 17 pts,
1 asst, 5 rebounds; Lucas Jansky,
4 pts, 3 rebounds; Brian Binsfeld, 9 pts, 11 rebounds; Simon Stang,
2 pts; Ty Gustafson, 1 pt.
“We played with a lot of energy and our confidence grew as we made some early shots. We were able to get to the foul line 40 times and make 27. This was a really nice win, our first conference win of the year. Gabe Becker started looking to score more for us and it really paid off,” said an enthused Coach Jay Klein.
Kimball stats: Noah Young,
3 pts; Carter Lyrek, 1 pt; Chase Gustafson, 9 pts; Hunter Hickman, 6 pts; Jamison Tubridy, 3 pts; Gabe Becker, 3 pts; Brian Binsfeld, 2 pts, 6 rebounds; Simon Stang, 4 pts,
4 rebounds; Evan Powell, 2 pts.
“We were able to play with them for the first 12 minutes of the game. We executed pretty well and forced them to use their fifth scoring option. Unfortunately, they started shooting the ball very well (14 first-half points) and that is when EV-W opened up the lead. From then on, we could not catch up. They are a very good team and have a great chance of advancing to the state tournament this year,” Coach Klein explained.
PACT Charter game
Kimball stats: Noah Young, 12 pts, 4 treys, 4 rebounds; Chase Gustafson, 9 pts, 6 assists,
3 steals; Hunter Hickman, 22 pts, 3 rebounds; Gabe Becker, 2 pts,
4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Lucas Jansky, 3 pts; Brian Binsfeld, 8 pts, 4 rebounds; Simon Stang,
2 pts, 3 rebounds; Ty Gustafson,
3 pts, 5 assists.
“We started out really well, moving the ball and finding the open man for great shots. We were 17/27 from the field in the first half. We also took better care of the ball, with only 12 turnovers for the game. Defensively, we struggled containing their best player, who ended up with 30 points. Gabe Becker came up with some big plays late in the game, and Brian Binsfeld made a big shot in the end, to give us the victory,” said Coach Klein.