HAMPTON - Something had to give Monday during the Class 1A Substate 1 championship game.
Both sixth-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Belmond-Klemme came into the game with 14-game win streaks. And both were looking for their first state tournament appearances in more than 33 years.
The Broncos, though, were just better in the third quarter and for the final minutes of the game as Belmond-Klemme outscored the Rebels 18-12 in the third and then buried key free throws down the stretch for a 57-52 win.
The Broncos, who were 20-of-24 from the line in the win, advanced to their first Iowa Boys State Basketball Tournament since 1981. Belmond-Klemme (22-3) will face second-seeded Lamoni (25-0) in the opening round on Monday.
"We're so happy to be still playing," said Belmond-Klemme coach Jerry Lane. "G-R is a great team and we just probably played a little bit better than them tonight."
The Broncos led by three after one quarter and it was 23-22 at halftime before they opened up a 42-34 lead heading into the final frame thanks to a six-point advantage in the third. Belmond-Klemme ended the third frame on a 7-0 run and the spurt was capped off by a Court Christianson 3-pointer. Christianson buried four 3-pointers in the game and finished with 14 points, as did Elijah Kinseth. Kinseth also was 8-for-8 from the line and buried some big ones down the stretch with the game on the line.
No. 6 Gladbrook-Reinbeck 52
GLADBROOK-REINBECK (22-3) - Camden Kickbush 19, Colton Dinsdale 0, Joe Smoldt 9, Chase Clark 3, Zach Pierce 11, Luke Holman 7, Cameron Clark 3. TOTALS 52.
BELMOND-KLEMME (22-3) - Court Christianson 14, Caleb Torkelson 8, Korby Sander 8, Colin Lane 9, Elijah Kinseth 14, Logan Erickson 4. TOTALS 57.
3-Point Goals - G-R 9 (Kickbush 5, Holman 2, Smoldt, Cameron Clark), B-K 7 (Christianson 4, Torkelson 2, Erickson).
"We have experience and that helped us make those free throws late in the game," said Lane. "It was a nice team win. We went up to the line with the right mindset and knocked them down."
Camden Kickbush led the Rebels (22-3) with five 3-pointers and 19 points, four steals and five assists. Zach Pierce added 11 points and eight rebounds but had just two points at halftime. Joe Smoldt also had just two points at the break but finished with nine in the game.
The Rebels, who buried nine 3-pointers, were trying to be the first team from the district to advance to the state tournament since Reinbeck finished fourth in 1929.