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Bearcats boys fall to WAO, defeat BGMR, C-G

By Trent Jerome, coach
KCC 65 — BGMR 36
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Bearcats traveled to the “Swamp” to face off against the BGMR Gators. Demonstrating a powerful start, the Bearcats leveraged their great ball movement to dismantle the Gators’ zone defense, scoring effectively both inside and from the perimeter. Their full-court pressure defense proved too much for the Gators, forcing turnovers and accelerating the pace of the game. By halftime, the Bearcats had established a commanding lead, 40-15, eventually triumphing with a convincing 65-36 victory.

Scoring: Kellen Johnson 20, Brody Scalese 19, Ty Vig 13, Brock Scalese 6, Eli Peterson 5, Dylon Warnke 2.

KCC 58 — WAO 61
On Thursday, Feb. 8, the Kittson County Central Bearcats traveled to Warren to take on the WAO Ponies in a highly anticipated rematch. Having narrowly defeated the Ponies in their first encounter, the Bearcats were eager to secure another victory against their red-hot rivals.
The game kicked off with early success from the Bearcats, as Kellen Johnson sank a three-pointer, followed by an inside basket by Brody Scalese. The Ponies, quick to respond, initiated a back-and-forth battle that persisted throughout the first half. Neither team managed to establish a significant lead until the Ponies capitalized on foul trouble for Johnson and Ty Vig, who were benched for the final minute of the first half. In that crucial minute, WAO managed to outscore the Bearcats 6-0, taking a 37-30 lead into halftime.
Determined to close the gap, the Bearcats executed their game plan with precision in the second half. They focused on inside-out play that saw Ty Vig dominating in the paint and sharpshooters making their mark from the perimeter. Despite facing the challenge of playing with 4 fouls for the majority of the second half, Kellen Johnson fought hard, contributing 11 of his total 24 points to bring the Bearcats back into it. A clutch three-pointer from Eli Peterson momentarily propelled the Bearcats into the lead, 56-54, with less than 5 minutes on the clock. The Ponies quickly countered with a three-pointer of their own.
In the tense final moments, the Bearcats fought to reclaim the lead but ultimately fell short, suffering a heartbreaking 58-61 defeat. Contributing to the weight of this loss were the Bearcats’ struggles from the free-throw line, where they shot 5-16, and the disparity in shot attempts, with KCC managing only 55 compared to the Ponies’ 72.

Scoring: Kellen Johnson 24, Ty Vig 17, Brody Scalese 6, Jaydon Nordin 6, Eli Peterson 5.

KCC 74 — C-G 35
Not deterred by the narrow loss, the Bearcats bounced back in a commanding fashion on Super Saturday against the Clearbrook-Gonvick Bears. KCC’s effective three-quarter court pressure disrupted C-G’s offense, allowing the Bearcats to build a substantial lead by halftime, 46-20.
The Bearcats continued their dominance in the second half, with Ty Vig and Kellen Johnson leading the charge offensively. Vig’s highlight-reel dunk was the exclamation point on a stellar performance, sealing a 74-35 victory and bringing the Bearcats’ season record to an even 10-10.

Scoring: Ty Vig 27, Kellen Johnson 25, Brody Scalese 7, Jaydon Nordin 6, Eli Peterson 4, Dylon Warnke 3, Brock Scalese 2.

The Bearcats face the Warroad Warriors at home in Lancaster for the special Parent/Senior night on Tuesday, Feb. 13, followed by a double-header with the girls against the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons at home in Hallock on Thursday, Feb. 15.


Eli Peterson, KCC Bearcat #3, goes to the basket during the Bearcats 58-61 loss to the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Ponies. Peterson had 5 points in the contest.
(Submitted Photo)

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