The Le Mars boys basketball season came to an end last night at the hands of the state’s fourth-ranked team in Humboldt by a 57-54 final score.
The Bulldogs struggled to consistently put together good basketball in the first half. The Bulldogs were down 29-22 at the end of the first half with spurts of good basketball on both offense and defense at times. Le Mars Head Coach Dave Irwin says that the outcome of the game was set by his team’s play in the first half.
The Bulldogs got down 37-23 midway through the third quarter, and that is when it looked like the wheels would finally come off for the Bulldogs. That was until the Bulldogs went on a 17-0 run to end the third quarter with a 40-37 advantage. Coach Irwin says he challenged his team hard to play better, and they responded.
Caleb Dreckman was the star of the show for the Bulldogs as per usual on offense. The MRAC’s leading scorer this year scored a game-high 30 points with 17 coming in the second half. Coach Irwin says that his play on both ends of the floor made his teammates better.
The Bulldog season comes to an end with a record of 13-10 overall. The mood in the locker room was somber for a team filled with a majority seniors. Coach Irwin says it’s never easy to see a season come to an end.
As for the group of seniors graduating, Coach Irwin says that they were able to cooperate with each other and found a way to get things done on the court. He says that this group of guys have laid a solid foundation for those returning.
Humboldt improved to 20-3 with the win and will match up with second-ranked Spencer in the substate final.