Basketball: Too Much Gibb as Gaels Graze Cats

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Fort Dodge, Iowa — Andrew Gibb didn’t go missing.

He just slept in the Gael weight room all off-season.

The 6’3″ senior looked tough, strong and fit as he propelled the Gaels to a much-needed 66-60 win over Humboldt last night.

Gibb has always been a thorn in the side of fellow NCC teams — including Humboldt — but this year’s version of the tremendous wing player looks like he could soon be a thorn in the side of.. NCAA teams.

Gibb scored 26 points including 14 points in the final frame to propel the Gaels to their third win improving their conference mark to 2-3.

Senior guard Jackson Kochendorfer chipped with 18 points and was his usual dynamite self from three point land.

Humboldt led 17-14 after one quarter, but saw that lead dissipate as Kochendorfer hit a buzzer beating three to end half one with FDSE on top 32-27.

The Cats tied proceedings in the 4th quarter at 53-53, but back-to-back buckets by Gibb gave the Gaels a 57-53 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Calvin Carlson and Jamison Heinz paced the Cats with 18 points apiece, while junior forward Matt Miller added 12.

The loss snapped Humboldt’s four-game winning streak.

The 5-2, 3-1 Wildcats will welcome in Garner-Hayfield-Ventura and University of Northern Iowa recruit James Betz Thursday for a non-conference tilt.

Tip is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.