Logan Klaassen, one of seven Cyclone seniors, walks off the floor following Monday night’s loss. Glenwood’s Andrew Blum (12) is surrounded by four HCHS players - Jacob Hansen (right), Deren Schmitz, Jared Moser (23) and Logan Klaassen during Monday’s substate final game at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. (Photos by Mike Oeffner) HCHS senior Jacob Hansen (left) looks to score inside against the defense of Glenwood’s Andrew Blum. HCHS junior Brett Sears (21) is guarded by Glenwood’s Andrew Blum.

Rams outlast Cyclones in thrilling substate final

Mohr keys 15-5 finishing run as fifth-ranked Glenwood boys survive stern challenge from HCHS, 82-69

 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 26) -- From an effort and execution standpoint, the Harlan Community boys basketball team graded out close to an ‘A’ in Monday’s Class 3A, Substate 8 final vs. Glenwood.
 But on this night - against this opponent - an A+ was required to win.
 In an entertaining, up-tempo battle between senior-laden rivals, the Rams simply had an answer for everything the Cyclones threw at them inside the Abraham Lincoln Fieldhouse. When Harlan jabbed, Glenwood always had a counterpunch.
 The dreaded left hook finally landed in the last four minutes when Nate Mohr’s fourth 3-pointer ignited a 15-5 finishing run to send the fifth-ranked Rams back to state with an 82-69 win over HCHS.
 Glenwood secured a sequence of key defensive stops down the stretch while Mohr added a pair of driving buckets and combined with Christian Stanislav to make six straight free throws in the final minute.
 The Rams (22-2) will be seeded fourth in their first state tournament appearance since 2015 and will face Norwalk (22-2) in a Class 3A quarterfinal on Tuesday (March 6) at Wells Fargo Arena.
 The Cyclones, who also lost to Glenwood twice in the regular season, finished 15-8 overall and fell short of a state berth for the fourth consecutive year.
 “Man, I’m so proud of our guys. I thought we played terrific,” said HCHS coach Mitch Osborn, reiterating that this year’s Glenwood squad is arguably its best in school history.
 “This is their (all-time) team, and we just about pulled this thing off tonight."

HCHS Scoring Leaders: Logan Klaassen 22, Jacob Hansen 15, Brett Sears 12.

Glenwood Scoring Leaders: Nate Mohr 27, Christian Stanislav 25, Ryan Blum 12, Nate Kennedy 12. 


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