Humboldt pulls away from Bulldogs


Hampton-Dumont's Parker Claypool (42) shoots over Humboldt's Nick Heider (11) and Brady Ross during the North Central Conference opener on Tuesday, Dec. 3. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)


HAMPTON – Despite never leading, Hampton-Dumont’s boys basketball team made a game of it against Humboldt in the final minutes before fading, 56-43, in the team’s North Central Conference opener on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The Wildcats pulled out to a 15-6 first quarter lead and extended it to 24-15 at the half.

But coach Heath Walton’s Bulldogs made a run at Humboldt in the fourth quarter, coming within five at 48-43 with 2 minutes, 19 seconds left to go.

“I thought we played pretty good defense for having back-to-back games, but struggled to score when we needed it,” Walton said. “When we pulled to within five with two minutes left we could not get a basket and we turned it over a couple of times.”

For more on this story, see the Dec. 11 issue of the Hampton Chronicle.