Humboldt boys struggle offensively in third consecutive loss

By: Donovan W. Mann – donovanm@977thebolt.com

Rockwell City, IA – Humboldt High School boys basketball drops third straight game after road contest.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Humboldt Wildcats faced the Titans of South Central Calhoun. It was the hosts coming out on top of the Wildcats by a score of 72-55.

The Titans jumped out to the quick lead in the first quarter as their leading scorer, guard Brennan Holder, scored nine in the period. South Central Calhoun led 16-10 after one. The lead would grow as the defensive pressure increased for the hosts who grabbed a 31-17 halftime lead.

Things continued to trend in South Central Calhouns direction Holder got hotter in the third quarter by scoring eleven to push the advantage to 55-32. In the final quarter Humboldt made a couple of runs to try and climb back but never made any real progress. The final score was 72-55.

Humboldt shot just 29.4 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from three point range. They turned the ball over 23 times to eleven assists. They pulled in 34 rebounds.

Guard Caden Matson led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points and eight rebounds. Forward Jacob Heier had eleven points off the bench on 3-6 shooting (1-2 three pointers).

As a team South Central Calhoun shot 40.7 percent from the field including 33.3 percent from three point range. They had 30 team rebounds and 13 steals.

Holder finished the day with 28 points on 9-18 shooting (5-10 on three pointers). Joshua Dietrich and Cole Corey both dropped 14 points to help their team grab the victory. Dietrich was one rebound away from a double-double.

A final stat report from Humboldt High School boys basketball’s game against South Central Calhoun can be found on Varsity Bound.

The loss makes it three straight for the Wildcats. They are currently 6-4 on the season. Jacob Heier was named the Player of the Game by KHBT.

Next for Humboldt will be a road game against North Central Conference opponent Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Friday, Jan. 15. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45 pm following the girls varsity game.