HUMBOLDT — Dylan Sicka’s steal and layup completed a come-from-behind rally by Yates Center High’s Wildcats. The basket tied up the game, 41-41, with host Humboldt High’s Cubs.
There was still 2:54 left to play in Thursday’s Tri-Valley League make-up games between the two rivals.
Yates Center grabbed the lead and was up 46-43 with less than a minute on the clock.
Humboldt’s two attempts to tie the game were thwarted but the Cubs still had the ball. Ten seconds after a timeout, Humboldt’s Chris Coronado drained a three-pointer.
Yates Center had 24 seconds to work with but a Humboldt player fouled Dalton Smith. Smith walked to the free-throw line, hit both free throws to put Yates Center up by two.
The Cubs had two shots at knotting the game again. But the shots weren’t falling.
Sicka was fouled with 2.1 seconds left and he hit one of two foul shots to put Yates Center up 49-46. That’s where it ended.
Tevin Strack’s three-point attempt at the buzzer was short. Strack finished with 11 points for the Cubs.
“We had worked so hard to get the lead then we stopped doing the little things that got us there,” said David Taylor, Cub head coach, who was disappointed in his team’s lack of focus down the stretch.
After a pretty dull first half, action heated up in the second half. Yates Center had led 8-0 but by halftime the tables had been turned with Humboldt up 12-11.
The Cubs had a 7-2 start to the third quarter and held a 33-27 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Yates Center stormed back, outscoring Humboldt 22-13 in the final eight minutes.
“It became a typical Yates Center-Humboldt game,” said Jason Weilert, Yates Center head coach, who would know as a former Humboldt High player. “It was a physical game. Paul Stockebrand did a good job inside against their big kid (Noah Thornbrugh).
“We had the offensive spurt at the end to get the win.”
“Jason’s kids played harder and smarter than our kids did,” Taylor said.
Smith hit for 17 points for Yates Center. Sicka added 10. The Wildcats were 13 of 25 from the free-throw line.
Humboldt wa led by Trey Johns with 12 points and Strack. The Cubs went 6 of 13 at the line. Thornbrugh had 10 rebounds and Derrik McCall had five assists.
Humboldt dropped to 4-2 in TVL play and 8-4 overall. Yates Center is 4-2 in league and 7-5 overall. Tonight, Humboldt hosts Fredonia and Yates Center entertains Burlington.
Humboldt won the junior varsity game 34-30 led by Blake Crawford with 13 points. Brent Rice scored 10 for Yates Center.
Yates Center (10-1-16-22—49) (FG/3-pt): George 0-0-2-0, Sicka 3-4-4-10, Bennett 2-1-0-5, Morrison 4-1-3-9, Stockebrand 3-2-2-8, Smith 3/2-5-4-17. TOTALS: 15/2-13-11-49.
Humboldt (4-8-21-13—46) (FG/3-pt): McCall 3-0-3-6, Strack 4-3-4-11, Johnson 4/1-1-3-12, Gean 1-0-5-2, Thornbrugh 2-2-5-6, Nickell 0-0-1-0, Coronado 3/1-0-3-9. TOTALS: 17/2-6-24-46.
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