YATES CENTER — Staying methodical on offense — and hitting shots — propelled Humboldt High’s boys to victory.
The shooting was so torrid that the Cubs’ head coach, David Taylor, did a double-take. The stat sheet, unofficially, listed Humboldt as shooting 72 percent, 24 of 33.
“I don’t know if we were that hot, but we shot very well tonight,” Taylor said, as the Cubs pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 56-44 win over rival Yates Center High.
The victory lifts Humboldt’s record to 9-7.
The key, Taylor said, was Humboldt’s willingness to stick to its game plan.
“We did a good job of running our half-court offense, instead of having guys deviate and trying to do their own thing,” Taylor said. “Their press gave us trouble at times, but when we broke it, we stayed methodical. The other key was hitting our shots.”
Taylor credited junior guard Derrik McCall as the team’s offensive catalyst in the first half. McCall scored 14 points with two assists in the contest.
Meanwhile, Tevin Strack scored a game-high 24 points with four rebounds for the Cubs. Tyler Gean also had four boards. Seth Nickell had two steals.
Jake Morrison scored 16 points and Blake Francis 12 for the Wildcats.
Humboldt hosts Cherryvale Tuesday. Yates center travels to Burlington.
Humboldt (16-14-6-20—56) (FG/3-pt): McCall 4/2-0-2-14, Strack 9-6-3-25, Johnson 3-0-4-6, Gean 2-0-5-4, Nickell 0-0-3-0, Coronado 4-0-1-8. TOTALS: 22/2-6-18-56.
Yates Center (12-9-11-11—44) (FG/3-pt): Sicka 2/1-0-0-7, Bennett 0-2-2-2, Morirson 5/1-3-0-16, Knoblock 0-0-2-0, Francis 3/2-0-3-12, Stockebrand 1-2-1-4, Smith 1-0-5-2. TOTALS: 12/4-7-7-13-44.
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