Last second shot lifts Humboldt boys past Algona in thriller, 71-69

Humboldt's Jacob Heier drives against Webster City Monday night (Feb. 22) in the Wildcats' 78-45 victory over the Lynx in Humboldt in Class 3A quarterfinal substate tournament action. Humboldt went on to beat Algona, 71-69 in Algona on Feb. 25 in a semifinal round game. Humboldt plays Clear Lake in a substate final in Algona on Tuesday, March 2. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Caden Matson’s jump shot with one second left in the game lifted the Humboldt boys basketball team to a thrilling 71-69 victory over the Algona Bulldogs Thursday night (Feb. 25) in a Class 3A substate contest in Algona.

The triumph sends Humboldt into a substate final on Tuesday, March 2, against Clear Lake in Algona. Clear Lake defeated Spencer, 58-55 in a semifinal in Clear Lake.

Humboldt and Algona split during the regular season with Humboldt losing 61-58 at Algona on Dec. 15 and winning 60-48 at home on Jan. 26.

Will Orness scored 19 points to lead Humboldt. Gabe Gidel followed with 17. Sam Fischer made 15 and Matson had 14. Noah Nelson poured in 38 to lead Algona.

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