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KCC boys lose to Rebels, defeat Storm in basketball action

By Trent Jerome, coach
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Bearcats faced the undefeated Red Lake County Rebels in Lancaster.
The action continued on Friday, Jan. 26, with a tense rematch against the Stephen-Argyle Storm in Hallock, following a previous victory by KCC in December.

KCC 66 — RLC 80
The Bearcats started strong against the Rebels with Ty Vig scoring an impressive opening basket. The Rebels, however, quickly demonstrated their potent three-point shooting, setting the stage for a high-scoring game.
The first half saw a tight contest, but the Rebels managed to secure an 8-point lead, thanks in part to their consistent performance from beyond the arc. KCC’s Kellen Johnson and Ty Vig fought valiantly to reduce the deficit, with Vig dominating inside and Johnson scoring from the three-point line. The first half ended with the Rebels leading 41-38.
In the second half, the Rebels extended their lead, capitalizing on KCC turnovers and translating defensive plays into easy offense.
Despite trailing by 20 points midway through, the Bearcats continued to fight, demonstrating their unyielding spirit. The final score was 80-66 in favor of the Rebels.

Scoring: Kellen Johnson 26, Ty Vig 17, Brody Scalese 7, Brock Scalese 5, Eli Peterson 3, James Cerkowniak 3, Jaydon Nordin 3, Dylon Warnke 2.

KCC 47 — SAC 42
In a highly anticipated rematch, the Bearcats hosted the Stephen-Argyle Storm, who took an early lead. However, the Bearcats clawed their way back into the game, largely through getting to the free-throw line.
Midway through the first half, KCC’s intensified defense began forcing turnovers, sparking their offense and allowing them to gradually build a lead. KCC was ahead by as much as 14 points, but the Storm fought back, closing the gap to 7 points at halftime with the score at 32-25 in favor of KCC.
The second half saw both teams continue their intense battle, with the Storm physically working their way back into the game and momentarily taking the lead. The loud and passionate crowd from both sides created a playoff-like atmosphere, matching the defensive intensity on the court. In a back-and-forth battle, Brock Scalese hit a crucial three-pointer, giving the Bearcats the lead they needed in the closing stages. The Storm’s last-ditch efforts to foul and regain control were unsuccessful, and KCC emerged victorious with a 47-42 win in this low-scoring affair.

Scoring: Ty Vig 18, Kellen Johnson 14, Brock Scalese 6, Dylon Warnke 6, Eli Peterson 3.

The Bearcats will face the Sacred Heart Eagles on Thursday, Feb. 1 in East Grand Forks. On Friday, Jan. 2 take on the Goodridge-Grygla Chargers in Lancaster in two tough conference matchups.

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