Rebels earn second straight state tourney berth

Gladbrook-Reinbeck basketball is heading back to the State tournament for the second year in a row after a 52-49 win over Kee in Oelwein on Saturday. Photo taken by John Jensen, Grundy Register.
John Jensen
Mid-America Publishing

OELWEIN – For the second straight season, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School boys’ basketball team will be in the Class 1A State Tournament.
Saturday the unranked Rebels held No. 10-ranked Kee High to four points in the final seven minutes and edged the Kee Hawks 52-49.
Kee rallied from as many as 12 points down in the first half to take a six-point third-quarter lead. The Rebels tied the score 45-45 two minutes into the fourth quarter and took the lead on an Austen Mathern 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left. Issac Clark and Michael Boyd hit free throws down the stretch as the Rebels clinched the fifth state tournament berth in school history.
The Rebels (21-5) are the No. 7 seed for the state tournament and will face No. 2 seed Marquette Catholic at 2 p.m. Monday, March 4 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Clark led the Rebels with 19 points while Mathern scored 11.


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