Sioux Center Iowa — The South O’Brien Wolverines are a game away from the State 1A boys basketball tournament following a 56-50 win over George Little Rock Thursday night in Sioux Center. With the win South O’Brien claimed the District 2 title and the right to move on. They will face War Eagle Rival Remsen St. Mary’s who downed Lawton Bronson for the District 1 title 60-29 in a game played at the Sioux City East High School Gym Thursday night. Each team won on their home floor during the regular season. The Substate game will be played at the MOC Floyd Valley High School Gym with the opening tip at this point for 7:00 pm Saturday night.
South O’Brien led at all the breaks against the Mustangs but it was close from start to finish. At the end of the first quarter South O’Brien led 16-12. At the half it was 28-25 and after the third quarter the Wolverines lead was 35-32. Senior Jackson Louscher led the way in the fourth quarter. He put together a 12 point quarter that included a 6-of-6 performance at the free throw line. As a team five South O’Brien players combined to go 11-of-14 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter and that proved to be the difference in the contest.
Louscher led all scorers with 23 on the night. He was joined in double figures by Alex Presthus who had 12 points off the bench. The Mustangs had two players in double figures as well getting 15 apiece from Payton Mauldin and Landon Jumbeck.
With the win South O’Brien is 20-4 as they move on to the Substate matchup against Remsen St Mary’s. George Little Rock will end the year at 20-4.