USC boys come close to earning a ticket to State
The United South Central boys basketball team came close to making a trip to the State Boys Basketball Tournament last week.
The Rebels lost 59-53 to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the Section 2A championship game at Bresnan Arena in Mankato on Friday night, March 6.
USC had taken a 30-20 lead at the halftime buzzer, after having gone on a 15-0 scoring run.
They led 35-23 in the second half before ACGC tied the game up at 41 each. Then they went up 45-41.
The Rebels regained the lead at 51-49, but could not hold off the ACGC Falcons in the end.
USC shot just 5 of 26 from 3-point range and were 18 of 48 overall for shooting.
USC had also lost to ACGC in the Section championship game last year.
The Rebels had gained entrance to the championship game by way of a 66-42 win over the St. Clair Cyclones in the Section 2A South SubSection championship game on March 4.
USC had led by just one point, 23-22 at the halftime break in that game.
One area boys basketball team which did make it to State was the Maple River Eagles squad.
The Eagles gained their ticket by downing Glencoe-Silver Lake 59-56 in a thrilling championship game at the Section 2AA Tournament also on Friday night at Bresnan Arena at Minnesota State University, Mankato.