Cubs cash in at the line for win

CHERRYVALE — A sterling performance from the free-throw line ensured Humboldt High’s boys would stay in the victory column Friday.
The Cubs shot a combined 10 of 12 from the stripe in the fourth quarter to keep host Cherryvale High at bay, winning 63-51.
Humboldt head coach David Taylor noted a pair of strong individual performances as key to the win, by Tevin Strack and Trey Johnson.
Strack poured in a game-high 28 points to go with three steals and two blocks on the defensive end.
Johnson, meanwhile, scored 16 points for the Cubs.
“I felt good for Trey because I’d been riding him pretty hard in practice,” Taylor said. “I’m happy for all the guys.”
But the game was hardly a masterpiece, Taylor continued.
“I was pleased with our effort, but not how we played,” he continued. “I don’t know if it was the layoff or what.”
The game ended a 10-day layoff for Humboldt and marked only the team’s second game in four weeks.
Humboldt led 11-7 after one period and 27-10 at the break. The lead grew to 43-31 by the end of the third quarter. Humboldt’s free throw shooting held Cherryvale at bay down the stretch.
Noah Thornbrugh and Chris Coronado each had five rebounds for Humboldt. Derek McCall dished out two assists.
Roman Lopez’s 23 points led Cherryvale, followed by Micah Booe’s 13.
The Chargers won both the junior varsity and freshman team games, but scores were not available, Taylor said.
“I know Cody Trester played well for the JV,” he said.
Humboldt travels to Pleasanton Tuesday to take part in the Blu-Jay Mid-Season Tournament. The Cubs will take on Northeast High of Arma in the opening round.
Cherryvale (7-12-12-20—51)(FG/3-pt): Lopez 3/4-5-2-23, Allison 0-0-2-0, Blake 1-7-5-9, Blaes 1-0-0-2, Booe 5-3-2-13, Hammer 1-0-4-2, Doncouse 0-1-3-1, Welch 0-1-1-1. TOTALS: 11/4-17-19-51.
Humboldt (11-16-16-20) (FG/3-pt): McCall 3-1-5-7, Strack 9/1-7-4-28, Johnson 4/2-2-5-16, Gean 0-2-4-2, Thornbrugh 2-0-4-4, Coronado 3-0-3-6. TOTALS: 21/3-12-25-63.