The Logan boys basketball team had beaten San Jon four times this year by an average of almost 23 points.
The fifth win did not come as easy for the Longhorns.
The Longhorns (14-8, 6-0) held off the pesky Coyotes (7-17, 0-6) 58-51 to claim the District 4-1A title at Logan High School on Friday.
“They looked like a different team out there,” Logan coach Billy Burns said. “It is tough to get pumped for a game against a team you have beaten four times.”
Logan looked sluggish at the start of the game as the Coyotes jumped out to 9-1 lead behind Chase Thompson early five points.
“They came out and hit three shots and we missed three shots,” Burns said.
“We didn’t come up ready,” Logan’s Rylan Calbert, who had 16 points, said. “We got going and were able to get back into it.”
Calbert free throw shooting in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the game. He went 6-for-6 in the fourth including four of those with under two minutes to go when the Coyotes had pulled within two.
“I was nervous,” Calbert said. “But I knew we needed them and I had to set up and hit them.”
The rest of the Longhorns 41 percent from the free throw line.
“Our free throw percentage was way down,” Burns said.
San Jon stayed in the game until the last minutes behind Jacob Benally’s 15 points and Colton Strand and Thompson who 12 and 11 points.
Brandon Rafool led Logan with 20 points including eight in the third quarter.
Logan will host a state tournament game next week against the loser of the Springer and Des Moines game played Saturday. San Jon will travel to the winner of that game.