South Hamilton boys rally to capture district title

THE SOUTH HAMILTON BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM poses together after its District 8 championship victory on Tuesday night in Boone. (DFJ Photo by Angela Hewitt)

BOONE — Veteran leadership led the South Hamilton boys to an impressive postseason victory here Tuesday night.

Senior Ryland Ubben scored 30 points as the Hawks rallied past Pleasantville in a Class 2A, District 8 basketball final, 65-57.

South Hamilton (18-4 overall) now meets unbeaten Underwood (22-0) on Saturday night in Waukee. The Eagles fought past East Sac County to advance, 61-51.

Pleasantville (14-10) took control early, building a six-point lead at the end of the first period. Behind 15 points from Ubben, though, South Hamilton battled back, cutting the deficit down to 29-28 at the break.

Senior Reece Ricke added 13 points in the victory.

The Trojans, who knocked off Roland-Story last week, led by two going into the fourth before Ubben and his teammates took over.

South Hamilton prepared itself for a tough postseason run with games vs. Carroll Kuemper and Roland-Story late in the year. They downed West Central Valley in the opening round to move on.


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