South O’Brien shot a sizzling 57 percent for game and owned a 33-20 advantage on the glass to beat defending class 1A champion Gladbrook-Reinbeck 65-56 in a semifinal round game.
The Wolverines take a 24-3 record into Friday night’s championship.
“Monday we broke the record for wins in the history of the school and we broke it again today”, said South O’Brien coach Kiley Yates. “Now we’re are going to play for the first state championship in South O’Brien boys basketball history and the first for any of the schools in our district since the 1982 Paulina team.”
Junior guard Joe Smoldt led Gladbrook-Reinbeck with 33 points. The Rebels shot only 34 percent for the game.
“On the defensive end for us we did not got as many stops as we needed in the first half”, said Smoldt.
Damon Struve led South O’Brien with 20 points and 14 rebounds.