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Bearcats boys fall to Eagles, Chargers

By Trent Jerome, coach
KCC 47 – SH 68
On Thursday, Feb. 1, the Kittson County Central Bearcats boys’ basketball team traveled to East Grand Forks for a crucial inner-conference showdown against the Sacred Heart Eagles. The Bearcats showcased a strong start by leveraging their early momentum to secure a significant lead. Key contributions from Eli Peterson, Kellen Johnson and Brock Scalese, who landed critical three-pointers, along with Ty Vig’s and Brody Scalese’s inside points, propelled the Bearcats’ offense.
Midway through the first half, KCC extended their lead to 8 points. However, the Eagles found their rhythm, especially from beyond the arc, clawing back to eventually overtake the Bearcats. As the first half neared its conclusion, KCC’s offense stumbled, entering halftime down 27-33.
The second half saw the Bearcats struggle to regain their earlier form, as the Eagles came out firing with a trio of consecutive three-pointers, dictating a dominant second-half performance. Despite KCC’s efforts to mount a comeback, their offense faltered both inside and outside the paint. Sacred Heart maintained its advantage, ultimately securing a 68-47 victory over the Bearcats.

Scoring: Eli Peterson 12, Brody Scalese 9, Ty Vig 8, Kellen Johnson 7, Dylon Warnke 6, Brock Scalese 5.

KCC 61 – G-G 67
The following day presented the Bearcats with a swift opportunity for redemption as they hosted the Goodridge-Grygla Chargers in Lancaster. The matchup was especially significant, given KCC’s narrow 63-61 loss to the Chargers earlier in the year that still stung. The rematch unfolded with both teams engaging in a closely contested battle, with the lead oscillating. However, Goodridge-Grygla managed to build an 8-point lead by the end of the first half, leading 37-29.
Determined to turn the game around, KCC initiated the second half with a focused effort to erode the Chargers’ lead. Each time KCC inched closer, the Chargers responded to maintain the advantage. The game’s intensity peaked when KCC launched a 13-2 run, momentarily seizing the lead at 53-52. The ensuing minutes were a nail-biting exchange of baskets, with Goodridge-Grygla narrowly leading by 2 in the final minute. KCC’s attempt to level the score fell short, forcing them into a cycle of fouls and free throws that ultimately saw them fall to the Chargers with a final score of 67-61.

Scoring: Ty Vig 20, Kellen Johnson 9, Brody Scalese 9, Eli Peterson 9, Dylon Warnke 6, Brock Scalese 5, Jaydon Nordin 3.

This week the Bearcat boys are busy with three conference games. First they headed to Greenbush to battle the BGMR Gators on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Next, the team will play in Warren against the W-A-O Ponies on Thursday, Feb. 8. The team will then head to Grygla on Super Saturday, Feb. 10 to take on the Clearbrook-Gonvick Bears.

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