For the second straight time, the South Central boys basketball team advanced to the Championship Game of the 2019 SPIAA League Basketball tournament.

For the second straight year, they’ll face South Gray.

The Timberwolves beat the Kiowa County Mavericks 50-34 to advance. They outscored the Mavericks 15-9 in the second quarter after a very back-and-fourth first that saw both teams take leads at various points.

South Central head coach Roe Macias said it wasn’t a real pretty win.

“That was a rough win. That was not pretty at all,” Macias said. “We didn’t do a lot of the little things well.”

In the second half, Macias said his team rebounded the ball better than it did in the first half, when it didn’t rebound well at all.

“We tried to put our hands in when we weren’t supposed to be putting our hands in,” Macias said. “Little things like that that when you get to a St. John and a South Gray and to a State level, it’s not going to work. It’s not going to help you.”

Little mistakes like that are what he’s trying to get the team to get rid of, Macias said.

It wasn’t all bad for South Central though.

“The second half was a little better,” Macias said. “We started doing some of our stuff. We put in a new offense. Didn’t look pretty, but they ran. It doesn’t look pretty, but it’s something we’ve got to work on. It is what it is.”

Macias said it’s awesome to be in the Championship game for the second straight year, and not just because the team has a chance to win.

“I remember last year we talked about how when we beat Pawnee Heights it was an upset for us, now it’s like we’re in the Championship again, so it’s great,” Macias said. “It shows that our program’s going in the right direction, so we’ll take it.”

Game time for Saturday’s boys Championship Game is scheduled for 8 p.m.