HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt Vikings held off a late fourth-quarter run by the Middleton Tigers on Tuesday night and won the game by the score of 74-64.
Both teams started the game struggling with the opposing team’s defense.
Middleton jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held Humboldt scoreless for the first four minutes of the game.
Humboldt finally was able to get its first basket of the game as Kaylon Thomas, who finished with a game-high 22 points, hit a 3-pointer from the corner to get Humboldt going.
Middleton led at the end of the first quarter by the score of 13-11.
The second quarter was quite a bit different for Humboldt.
The Vikings started the second quarter on a 14-7 run due to the strong play of Jaylen Strayhorn and Kendrick Martin.
Strayhorn and Martin had a combined 15 points in the quarter as Humboldt took the lead at the half by the score of 32-20.
Korltand Martin had 18 in the game off the bench. Jaylen Strayhorn finished with 15.
“I was proud of how my guys played in that second quarter,” Humboldt coach Ron Abernathy said. “We hustled and played great basketball.”
Humboldt continued to use the full court pressure throughout the third quarter, forcing Middleton into several turnovers.
Middleton outscored Humboldt in the quarter as Middleton’s Jarred Walker hit a buzzer-beater to end the third to make the score 38-29 in favor of Humboldt.
Humboldt got up by as many as 16 early in the fourth quarter, but an impressive effort by Middleton allowed them to cut that lead to seven with 1:50 left in the game.
Humboldt hit its free throws down the stretch to win by 10.
Middleton was led in scoring by Steven Wright with 18 and Tylandrius Parks with 12.
“Middleton is a great team that is ranked highly in the state,” Abernathy said. “This was a huge win for us.”
Middleton continued to show why they are the number one team in the state as they defeated Humboldt.
Humboldt was led in scoring by Kaylah Johnson with 15.
Middleton was led in scoring by Averyale Joy with 19 and Dakedra Mason with 15.