The Remsen St. Mary’s boys basketball team claimed the district title in Class 1A District 2 last night by beating South O’Brien 29-23.
The score indicates the obvious fact that offense was slow-moving during the contest. The Hawks and Wolverines played to a 13-13 tie at the end of the half while the Hawks outscored South O’Brien 16-10 to end the game. Remsen St. Mary’s Co-Head Coach Justin Ruden says that it was tough to adjust to the defense the Wolverines threw at them.
The Hawks changed some things up going into the second half. Coach Ruden says his team needed to be more aggressive against the defense the Wolverines were playing in.
Alex Schroeder and Ryan Willman led the way with eight points in the win. Austin Jensen added another seven down in the post. For Coach Ruden, it was big to see his posts have success in the second half. He also knows that, when they have an off night, anybody else can step up in their place.
The Hawks record remains unblemished at 23-0 heading into the substate final on Saturday at 7:00. The Hawks match up with ninth-ranked Newell-Fonda as St. Mary’s looks for their sixth consecutive state tournament appearance. Coach Ruden says that his team has needed to be able to roll with the different punches in the playoffs, and that doesn’t change with Newell-Fonda.
South O’Brien ends their season with a record of 15-9.