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By Tom Southard
The Observer 

Kimball Boys Basketball Goes Through A Win-Loss Week


January 16, 2020

It was a break-even week for the Kimball High boys with a win over South Platte and a loss to Chase County and the Horns are also even on the season at 4 wins and 4 losses. It was an easy night for Kimball on the road to Big Springs on Tuesday as they came out on top 60-21, but they couldn’t keep pace with the visiting Chase County club on Saturday as the Imperial boys won 59-38 in a battle of the Longhorns.



No problem for the Kimball boys at South Platte as they jumped out to a 21-2 first quarter lead and led 38-8 at half time. Coach Mo Hanks went to his bench early and often. The Horns shot 42% from the field including 33% on 3 point attempts making 7/21 treys and were 5/10 at the foul line for 50%. They controlled the boards with 48 rebounds, had 19 assists, 12 blocked shots, 11 steals, 18 turnovers, and 16 fouls.

Brendan Walker led Kimball scoring with 16 points. Sam Cajero had 10 with 2 treys, Jacob Withrow 9 with 1 trey, Javon Coyle 8 with 2 treys, Thomas Muldoon 6 with 2 treys, Brayden Tyan 6, Austin Lulf 3, and Beau Hanks 2. Walker got his double-double with a team high 12 rebounds and also led in steals with 5. Hanks had 9 rebounds and a team high 5 blocks and 5 assists. Cajero also charted 5 assists and Withrow had 7 rebounds.

Kimball 21 16 21 2 – 60

South Platte 2 6 2 11 – 21


Kimball 38

Chase County brought a record of 6-1 to Kimball with their lone loss to Ogallala and added one more win to their record at the expense of Kimball.

Beau Hanks opened the scoring with a 3 pointer and added another basket on a layin to give Kimball a 5-0 start and Kimball kept pace with the visiting Longhorns trailing just 13-10 at the quarter break. The Kimball club was displaying some good team work and finding the open man with accurate passing. They did experience some early foul trouble however. Mid-way through the 2nd period, Javon Coyle gave Kimball their last lead on a layin to make the score read 17-16 and after a 3 pointe by Chase County, Sam Cajero made a good move inside to tie the game at 19-19. Then the roof caved in as the Imperial club scored the next 10 unanswered points to half time in a 2 minute span to take a 29-19 lead at intermission. They extended that unanswered streak to 22 points to go up 41-19 before Kimball scored again on a Brayden Tyan free throw.

Kimball was outscored 21-6 in the 3rd period and their doom was sealed. Walker got his 5th foul with 7:31 to play and saw a lot of bench time because of foul problems and was held scoreless. Withrow was Kimball’s only player in double figures with 11 points and was 3/4 on 3 point attempts. Hanks had 1 trey and 9 points plus 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Coyle had 7 points and looked sharp on his passing and play making. Tyan also ended with 7 points with 1 trey and 8 rebounds. Lulf had 2 and Cajero 2. Lulf also charted 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals and Cajero had 6 rebounds.

In team stats, Kimball shot 27% from the field and were 5/20 on 3 pointers, 3/11 at the foul line for only 27%, had 40 rebounds with 13 offensive, 9 assists, 7 blocked shots, 6 steals, 19 fouls and 21 turnovers. The winner shot 38% from the field, were 9/23 on 3 pointers and 8/13 at the line for 61%. Kimball did out rebound the winners 40 to 28! Chase County was led in scoring by Mason Nordhausen with 18, Cedric Maxwell 11, and Kobe Clevenger with 10.

The Kimball boys were in action this past Tuesday at Potter-Dix. Weekend action has Bridgeport at Kimball Friday and Gordon-Rushville at Kimball Saturday. SPVA Tournament play begins Tuesday but the seedings were not announced by our press deadline.

JV game time Friday is 4 p.m. and Saturday start time is 2 p.m.

Chase County 13 16 21 9 – 59

Kimball 10 9 6 13 – 38


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