The Cubs trailed by as much as 20 points at Leon-Bluestem on Tuesday. Despite a poor first two quarters, Humboldt reached down inside and came back to earn a 61-57 win.
“I told them that they made that bed and they were going to have to lie in it,” head coach Dave Taylor said. “And to their credit, they pulled it out. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen a comeback like that in my career. We showed some real mental toughness.”
The Cubs trailed by 11 after the first quarter and 15 at the half. A 14-13 third quarter for Bluestem pushed their lead to 16 going into the fourth. A 28-8 fourth quarter gave Humboldt the boost they needed to get the win.
Sophomore Conor Haviland had a team-high 19 points, six rebounds and five steals while senior Hesston Murrow followed with 14 points and six rebounds.
Senior Jacob Barker and junior Caleb Coronado also made key plays late in the game that provided the spark for Humboldt.
The Cubs are now 12-6 and 3-3 in Tri-Valley League play and will host Central Heights on Friday.
JV and Freshmen Results
The Cubs JV won 33-29 and the freshmen won 23-21.
The Humboldt girls lost 68-51. They move down to 11-7 overall and 2-4 in league play.
PHOTO: Sophomore Conor Haviland takes the ball down the court in the Cubs win over Uniontown on Dec. 5. Haviland scored 19 on Tuesday in the Cubs 61-57 win at Leon-Bluestem. REGISTER/TIMOTHY EVERSON