Wildcats claw past Cubs

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
Humboldt High senior Tevin Strack (23) puts up a shot against a quartet of Burlington High defenders Friday. Strack scored 21 but it was not enough in a 53-45 loss.

HUMBOLDT — In a tightly fought contest, the little things often make the difference.
The difference in Friday’s game for Humboldt Highs’ boys came from breakdowns, head coach David Taylor said.
“If they had a breakdown, we’d have trouble making the bunnies,” Taylor said. “If we had a breakdown, they’d make theirs.”
Burlington’s ability to convert the easy shots proved key as they fended of the Cubs in a 53-45 win.
The loss drops Humboldt’s record to 3-2 as they head into the Christmas break.
“With a couple of breaks, we could be 5-0,” Taylor said. “Although with a couple of other breaks, we could be 1-4.
“I’m not displeased with how we fought tonight,” Taylor said. “I am disappointed that the guys didn’t get the win.”
The Wildcats parlayed a decided height advantage at the guard position into the slightest of advantages throughout.
The Wildcats led 12-11 after one period and 27-23 at the break. The Wildcats were on top 40-34 after three periods.
Taylor lauded the play of guards Chris Coronado and Tyler Gean, who were matched up with Burlington players a full 6 inches taller than they were.
“That’s what we have to do,” Taylor said, “and I thought Tevin (Strack) played very well.
Strack scored 21 points to go with nine rebounds and five steals.
Freshman Noah Thornbrugh chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
“Noah’s getting better,” Taylor said. “He’s starting to figure some things out.”
As for the Cubs, Taylor said that he pleased, not only with the effort, but with their improved play overall.
“I couldn’t be happier with the effort, and we starting to get better,” he said. “We have to take baby steps.”
Humboldt (11-12-11-11): McCall 0-0-5-0, Strack 7-7-5-21, Johnson 0-1-0-1, Gean 2-2-5-6, Thornbrugh 6-3-4-15, Coronado 1-0-2-2. TOTALS: 16-13-21-45.
Burlington (12-15-13-13—53) (FG/3-pt): Reznicek 0-0-5-0, Sutherland 2-3-2-7, Mahoney 1-0-5-2, Bluma 2-5-3-9, Boyce 0/2-3-0-9, Redding 9-3-4-21, Schepers 0-0-1-0, Thomsen 1/1-0-0-5. TOTALS: 15/3-14-20-53.