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Kimball Boys Basketball Team's Effort Pleases Coaches

The Kimball Longhorns boys basketball team was 3-9 on the season but continuing to battle hard following Monday's 50-47 loss to Perkins County in a first round SPVA matchup. SPVA action continues this Thursday and Saturday at NPCC.

Here's a look at the Horns' previous three games.

Potter-Dix 64, Kimball 57

Visiting Potter-Dix jumped ahead 24-12 after a quarter, but Kimball came back to outscore the Coyotes 13-10 in the second quarter and 21-10 in the third and have a 46-44 lead going into the fourth quarter.

It was in the final quarter that Potter-Dix showed why it's been so strong the last few years, outscoring Kimball 20-11 to earn a 64-57 victory in the Jan. 10 contest.

The Longhorns scorers were Brandon Paxton with 20 points, Kyler Lusche 18, Wyatt Cords 10 and Braxton Miller 9. Paxton has 10 rebounds and 5 blocks, Lusche 9 rebounds, and Braxton Miller 5 assists.

For Potter-Dix, it was Luke Kasten with 27 points and Brayden Kasten with 21 leading the way, followed by Gunner Oleson and Zachary Rotert with 6 each.

The Kastens also led P-D on the boards and in assists, Luke with 11 rebounds and 5 assists, and Brayden with 6 boards and 4 assists. Rotert blocked three shots. In steals, Brayden Kasten had 5, and Rotert and Luke Kasten 4 each.

Bridgeport 57, Kimball 52

The Longhorns won the first quarter, 15-12, at Bridgeport but were outscored in the second quarter, 15-6, and that proved to be the difference in the Jan. 13 game. Kimball outscored Bridgeport, 31-30, in the second half.

The 6-3 junior Brandon Paxton had a double-double with 23 points and 18 boards while 6-2 sophomore Kyler Lusche had a double-double as well with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Wyatt Cords added 9 points and freshman Braxton Miller 5 points along with his 7 assists.

Leading Bridgeport were Kolby Lussetto with 17 points, Gage Nein with 13 and Nikolas Weibert with 11.

In the JV game, Kimball won, 36-34, with Ryker Behrend, Trevor Fuss and Draco Miller each contributing 12 points.

Gordon-Rushville 60,

Kimball 29

The Gordon-Rushville game on Jan. 14 was played without Kyler Lusche due to illness, but the boys played tough in his absence, Longhorns coach Chad Miller told the Observer.

Wyatt Cords and freshman Trevor Fuss led the Horns with 9 points each. Braxton Miller added 7 and Brandon Paxton 4. 

"This game we knew we would have a little more difficulty getting inside shots due to the fact we were short one of our interior players and going against the 6-6 Western Trail Conference player of the year from a season ago," coach Miller said. "We were able to stay with them for about two and half quarters but down the stretch we just made too many turnovers and our shots just stopped falling.

"It was a good, hard fought battle both nights (against Bridgeport and G-R) and we were very pleased with our players and their efforts."

In the Gordon-Rushville JV game, Kimball lost the two quarter affair, 22-33. Kimball scorers were Ryker Behrend with 13 points, Trevor Fuss 5, Braxton Miller 2 and Draco Miller 2.