The Charter Oak-Ute boys concluded their regular season on Saturday with an 83-47 loss to Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton at Elk Horn.
CO-U (9-12) will return to Elk Horn on Thursday night and take on the Spartans in a Class 1A district quarterfinal game at 8 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. matchup between CAM and Coon Rapids-Bayard.
Exira/EH-K raced out to a 25-11 first-quarter lead and led 40-23 at halftime.
Jesse Hupp led CO-U’s attack with 19 points to go with four rebounds.
Spencer Gress hit three long-range bombs and finished with 11 points, adding three boards.
Hunter Clausen tallied eight points with nine boards. Luke Staley also had three points, four boards, four assists and two steals for the Bobcats, which split with Exira/EH-K during the regular season.
CO-U defeated the Spartans (64-59) back on January 13 at Charter Oak.
Drew Buckholdt and Noah Pettepier each netted 20 points to lead Exira/EH-K. Cole Burmeister added 17 points.