The United South Central Rebels boys basketball team gave it their all, but fell 67-55 to the St. Peter Saints in the championship game of the Section 2AA tournament on Friday night, March 16.
The Saints win propelled St. Peter into the State Tournament, and ended USC's season with a 24-6 record.
The game started as a battle, with the score becoming tied at 4-all early.
But then St. Peter went on a 17-7 run that broke the game open.
But that did not mean the Rebels were giving up.
They used a run of their own and pulled close, 31-28 by the time the halftime buzzer sounded.
Rebels coach Robert Stevermer says the team played hard throughout the game and did what they could to try and snatch the win.
In the second half, the Saints built up a 37-30 lead when the Rebels again battled back and were within one at 39-38.
It was another flurry by St. Peter that put a damper on any Rebels hopes. They pushed the margin to ten, 51-41, with just under nine minutes to go in the game.
Baskets by Rebels Kyle Bauman, Trey Allis and Coleman Bushlack again got the USC team close at 51-47.
But it was not enough and USC could not find a way to overcome the St. Peter lead, and fell in the end by 12 points.
Bauman, the Rebels 6-foot-8 star, had a great game with a double-double. He led the team with 20 points and also hauled down 12 rebounds.
USC won the battle of the boards, grabbing 31 to St. Peter's 24.
The Rebels also only committed 11 turnovers, compared to the Saints' 14.
As a team, the Rebels were 24 of 66 shooting for 36 percent. The Saints, however, made 23 of their 46 shot attempts from the floor for 50 percent.
The Saints made more of their free throw attempts to help them get the win and the trip to State.