Feb 20

Boys Basketball Looks to Upset Go-Hawks in First Round Matchup

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, Iowa — Is the talent there? Yes. Is the shooting there? Yes. Is the height there? Yes.

Does the Humboldt Wildcat boys’ basketball team have all the necessary components to pull off a first round upset tonight over Waverly-Shell Rock?

That remains to be seen, but you’d think the Go-Hawks aren’t too pleased to have to square off with the 7-14 Humboldt Wildcats tonight.

The reason, of course, is the Humboldt’s diminutive, yet skilled back-court duo in Calvin Carlson and Jamison Heinz.

Carlson leads Humboldt in scoring at 16.5ppg and is one of, if not the streakiest, shooter in the area. Carlson drills about three 3’s per night and is capable of going full torch on any given night.

Heinz has almost quietly averaged 13 points per night, while hitting 33% of his threes. While not as much of shooter in terms of sheer volume as Carlson. Heinz has done a great job this season as a distributor and has relentlessly gotten to the rim.

On paper, the two teams are relatively even, despite the large gap in record. Both teams are averaging exactly 54.7 points per game.

Defensively, however, Humboldt is yielding nearly 60 points per game, while Waverly has been shutting people down to the tune of 49 points per game.

The Go-Hawks are a balanced scoring team, with five guys scoring more than six points per night. All six of those guys have shot more than 100 field goal attempts. Carlson and Heinz have shot nearly 300 times each between the both of them.

Luke Velky is their lead scorer, averaging 11.7 points per night. Jack Seward is their only other double digit man, with 10.3ppg.

The Go-Hawks finished second to Charles City in the Northeast Iowa Conference with a 15-6 record. W-SR have lost two of three entering tonight’s contest.

Tonight’s game can be heard on 97.7 The Bolt, with pre-game beginning at 7:15 and tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.