Feb 21

Waverly-Shell Rock Ends Humboldt Boys’ Basketball Season

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Waverly, Iowa — The Go-Hawks were undoubtedly the clear favorite Tuesday night, but the Humboldt Wildcat boys’ basketball team did themselves no favors either.

Coughing up the basketball too frequently in the first quarter, Humboldt saw Waverly-Shell Rock build a 17-5 first quarter lead they’d never relinquish, in a 74-44 win over Humboldt in the opening round of Class 3A-2 playoff basketball.

Calvin Carlson paced Humboldt with 16 points and every other Wildcat finished with single digits. Second leading scorer Jamison Heinz struggled to handle the press all night long, he finished with just five points and three turnovers, by my count.

While Humboldt has two of the more talented guards in the area, it remains a struggle to get them both going on concurrent nights.

Whereas, Waverly-Shell Rock has five guys with over 100 shots on the season, Humboldt’s Heinz and Carlson each attempted over 275 shots.

The Cats will need to find more balance heading into next year.

The three-headed monster of Jack Seward, Luke Velky and Jacob Bahe led Waverly last night. Bahe finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Velky and Seward connected on seven triples between the two of them.

Humboldt finished their season 7-15, finishing a game worse than last year’s mark of 8-14. Humboldt suffered yet another first round playoff loss.

Since 2014, Humboldt is 22-44 as program, with two 7-15 seasons sandwiched around last years 8-14 record.

Humboldt returns their top two leading scorers in Carlson and Heinz, as well as big men Owen Terwilliger and Jack Arndt.

Arndt started for most of the second half of the year. Terwilliger will need to develop touch around the rim to ever fulfill his sky-high promise.

Waverly-Shell Rock moves on to square off with Crestwood, who upset Clear Lake, Thursday night.