By Riley Davis
The Bearcat boys traveled to Karlstad Tuesday, Feb. 20 to take on the Northern Freeze. The game started very well for the Bearcats as they would build a nice early lead of 11, but the Freeze would chip away. KCC would lead at the half 31-25.
The Northern Freeze would start the second half on a big run of their own taking a nice lead of 46-37 at one point. The Bearcats would dig in and get some stops on the defensive end to help them claw back into it. KCC would take the lead back late on a basket by senior post Jadyn Swenson. The Bearcats would make a few free throws down the stretch and take this one 54-50. The Bearcats were led by Swenson with a big double-double of 23 points and 19 rebounds.
The Bearcats would move to 14-8 on the season and 8-2 in the conference. The win also gives the Bearcats the six star conference championship.
Scoring: Jadyn Swenson 23, Cole Johnson 15, Kaleb Whitlock 6, Jarrett Kujava 5, Nick Johnson and Zach Johnson 2 each, and Reese Steen 1.
On Friday, Feb. 23, the Bearcats hosted the Panthers of Norman County West in Hallock. The game started a bit slow for the Bearcats as they were faced with an uphill battle. The Panthers came out of the gates quick building a nice little lead, but the Bearcats would slowly cut into that margin. A late basket in the first half by the Bearcats would take that margin all the way to one as the Panthers would lead 33-32.
The second half was a battle back and forth, but the Bearcats would take a lead about halfway through the second half. KCC executed well down the stretch by pounding the ball inside and dominating the glass. The Bearcats were able to hold on to the win by a final of 72-65. KCC was led by the senior posts who both had double-doubles. The win will move the Bearcats to 15-8 on the season.
Scoring: C. Johnson 27, Swenson 22, Kujava 11, Z. Johnson 7, N. Johnson 4, and Jagger Olson 1.
By Riley Davis