Ethan boys beat Hanson for 11B crown
In a physical contest, the Ethan Rustlers boys' basketball team defeated the Hanson Beavers 52-40 to claim the District 11B crown Saturday at the Corn Palace.
Ethan jumped to an early 4-2 lead but the Beavers answered with a 6-0 run to take a low-scoring 7-4 lead going into the second period.
During that span, two Rustlers starters, Anthony Huber and Tyler Myers, went to the bench with two fouls each.
Hanson took leads of 10-5 and 12-7 to open the second quarter, but Ethan tied the game at 16 with a 3-pointer from Colton Bierle.
The Beavers took a 21-20 with 15 seconds until intermission but a shot from Camden Myers with fours second on the clock gave the Rustlers a 22-21 lead at halftime.
Ethan looked to take control in the third quarter with an 11-5 run and a 33-26 lead.
But Hanson pulled to within 33-30 on two baskets from Sam Vander Stouwe.
After a foul by the Beavers' Matt Huber with four seconds remaining in the period sent Blake Bartscher to the free-throw line the Rustlers took a 35-30 lead into the final quarter.
Ethan raced to a 40-30 advantage early in the final stanza only to see the Beavers fight back as Huber got a basket and a 3-point play to pull Hanson to within 40-37 with 4:20 to play.
But the Rustlers responded as Camden Myers hit two short shots to push the Ethan lead to 44-37.
The Rustlers closed out the game with an 8-3 run and the win.
"I'm so proud right now I could cry," Ethan coach Bryce Roth said. "That's the best defensive effort we've had all year. We've been hammering defense in practice again and again, and it happens in the biggest game of the year. I told the boys that's why we won this game."
Hanson sophomore standout Jordan Marquardt scored 34 points early in the season against Ethan, but finished the night with only two points.
"Blake Bartscher was a stud on defense and along with the rest of the team," Roth said. "(Marquardt) is a heck of a player."
Bartscher led the Rustlers with 13 points followed by Tyler Myers with 11 points and Camden Myers and Anthony Huber with 10 points apiece.
Ethan (13-7) was 17-of-51 for 33 percent from the field and 17-of-28 for 61 percent from the free-throw line. The Rustlers outrebounded the Beavers 33-21 and they committed six turnovers.
"(Ethan) really did a good job defensively," Hanson coach Josh Oltmanns said. "When you can hold our leading scorer to two points, you have a good game plan. We got a little tentative on offense and didn't attack like we wanted. They really attacked us offensively and had us on our heels."
Hanson was led by Jacob Bartscher with 12 points with Matt Huber following with 10 points.
The Beavers (15-7) were 13-of-43 for 30 percent from the floor and 12-of-19 for 63 percent from the free-throw line. Hanson turned the ball over eight times.
Ethan takes on South Central for the Region 6B title at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Corn Palace.
ETH 4 22 35 52
HAN 7 21 30 40