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Bearcat boys lose to Falcons and defeat the Knights

By Trent Jerome, coach
KCC 44 – F-B 73
On Thursday, Feb. 15, the KCC Bearcats hosted the formidable Fertile-Beltrami Falcons in Hallock.
The Falcons entered this game with only 3 losses on the season and the Bearcats were one game off the .500 mark at 10-11. The matchup against the Falcons began with the visitors quickly showing their scoring prowess, taking an early lead that set the tone for the game. The Bearcats responded, managing to keep pace initially, despite struggling with turnovers and missed shots.
The Falcons capitalized on these opportunities, extending their lead to 36-24 by halftime.
In the second half, Fertile-Beltrami’s quick triples widened their lead, while the Bearcats struggled to find their offensive rhythm. Despite a brief spark of offense from KCC midway through the second half, the deficit proved too large to overcome, culminating in a 73-44 loss.
This game highlighted the Bearcats’ need to reduce turnovers and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.

Scoring: Kellen Johnson 14, Ty Vig 10, Brody Scalese 7, Brock Scalese 7, Jaydon Nordin 3, Oliver TerWee 3.

KCC 60 – F-C 53
On Friday, Feb. 23, the Bearcats traveled to take on the Fisher-Climax Knights in Fisher.
The game against the Knights started with an immediate challenge as Ty Vig, KCC’s dominant big man, faced early foul trouble, forcing him to the bench and putting pressure on the rest of the team to step up.
Freshman Kellen Johnson rose to the occasion, demonstrating versatility in scoring that kept the Bearcats competitive. Despite Vig’s limited play due to fouls, the Bearcats managed to take a narrow 30-29 lead into halftime.
The second half saw the Bearcats executing with precision, finding Vig and Johnson on back cuts for easy scores. Their defensive pressure also intensified, leading to stops that helped extend their lead to 14 points.
However, the game’s dynamic shifted as Vig collected his fourth foul, leading to a Fisher-Climax comeback that tied the game at 47-47.
In the critical moments, the Scalese twins, Brock and Brody, emerged as heroes. Brock’s key three-pointer and Brody’s steal-and-one layup shifted the momentum back to KCC. Brody’s late-game three-pointer further solidified the Bearcats’ lead, allowing them to secure a 60-53 victory against the Knights in a thrilling conclusion.

Scoring: Kellen Johnson 31, Brody Scalese 15, Eli Peterson 5, Ty Vig 4, Brock Scalese 4, Dylon Warnke 2.

The KCC boys have one final game this Friday, March 1, at Crookston where they will be taking on the Crookston Pirates. The following day playoff seeding will be decided.

 

KCC’s Brody Scalese dribbles around a Fertile-Beltrami Falcon during the Bearcats’ 44-73 loss on Thursday, Feb. 15. Scalese had 7 points in the contest. (Photo Submitted)

KCC’s Eli Peterson looks for an open teammate while moving around the court during the Bearcats’ 44-73 loss to the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons Thursday, Feb. 15.
(Photo Submitted)

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