HUMBOLDT — Humboldt High’s boys found that sticking to the script paid off handsomely Friday night.
The Cubs prepared for a Eureka High’s defensive strategy — a box and one, in which four Tornado players stick to a zone with a single player shadowing Humboldt standout Tevin Strack.
“The kids did a good job of getting to where they were supposed to be,” Humboldt head coach David Taylor said.
The Cubs were spot-on in the first half, racing to a 34-8 lead.
Things were a bit more ragged in the second half, but Eureka was never able to challenge the Cub lead.
Humboldt’s 48-19 win puts the Cubs at 10-8 as they prepare for the final week of the regular season. The Cubs take on Fredonia twice, the first a regularly scheduled game at Fredonia on Tuesday, then a makeup game at Humboldt Friday.
“The kids were very focused at the start,” Taylor said. “We got away from that a bit in the third quarter, and we had a talk about it. Those things happen, but you can’t accept it.”
Strack led the way for Humboldt with 19 points, five rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Derrik McCall added 13 points and Tyler Gean scored eight.
The Humboldt defense was stifling throughout, never allowing more than six points in a single quarter and allowing no Tornado player to score more than two field goals.
Friday’s contest marked Humboldt’s Winter Homecoming. Chris Coronado was crowned king; Mary Hauser the queen.
Eureka (4-4-6-5—19) (FG/3-pt): Moore 1-0-3-2, Spore 2-0-4-4, Boyer 0-0-1-0, Kuhn 0/1-0-0-3, Holcomb 2-2-3-6, Fisher 0/1-0-0-3, Gabriel 0-1-1-1. TOTALS: 5/2-3-12-19.
Humboldt (15-19-10-4—48) (FG/3-pt): McCall 1/3-2-0-13, Strack 8-3-2-19, Johnson 0-0-2-0, Gean 4-0-1-8, Thornbrugh 3-0-2-6, Coronado 1-0-2-2. TOTALS: 17/3-5-9-48.
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