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(Chris Huber/Republic) Hanson center Matt Huber tries to through a pass between two Wolsey-Wessington defenders during their game Saturday afternoon.

The Hanson Beavers used near-perfect fourth quarter free-throw shooting to down the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds 46-39 in the second game of the 30th annual boys' basketball Hanson Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Hanson made 14 of 16 free throws in the final quarter, offsetting making only one field goal.

"As a coach, you can't ask for any better free-throw shooting than that," said Beaver coach Josh Oltmanns. "Especially when they (Wolsey-Wessington) were fouling us in the fourth quarter. I'd like to see more field goals, but we were taking care of the ball, and they had to come out and foul us."

Jacob "Jake" Bartscher, a 6-5 senior, led Hanson with 13 points, was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line, and had seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

"Jake is a huge presence underneath for us," Oltmanns said. "When he wants to play big and strong, there's not too many people that can match up with him. For a big guy, his free-throw shooting is pretty impressive."

The first half was fought on even terms with neither team taking a lead bigger than four points, and the Warbirds held an 11-9 lead after the opening period.

Wosley-Wessington jumped to a 15-9 lead to open the second quarter, but the Beavers went on a 9-0 run as Bartscher had two field goals and a free throw, Trey Persson hit a 3-point shot and Matt Huber hit a free throw, giving Hanson an 18-15 advantage.

The Warbirds answered back as Bo Mutchelknaus hit a basket and held a 27-22 lead with 3:35 left in the third quarter.

But Wolsey-Wessington battled back and took a 28-27 lead with just over a minute left in the period. A 3-point basket from Jordan Marquardt gave Hanson a short-lived 30-28 lead.

Boomsma's basket with three seconds remaining tied the contest up at 30 going into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter free-throw assault started early for Hanson as the Beavers hit five of six free throws to take a 35-30 lead with just over six minutes to play.

Wolsey-Wessington got a basket from Roy Lumpkin and two free throws from Boomsma to pull to within 35-34 at the three minute mark.

But over the next two minutes, Hanson again hit five of six free throws for a 40-34 lead.

The Beavers (10-2) also got 12 points from Marquardt.

Hanson was 12-of-23 for 52 percent from the field and 18-of-26 for 69 percent from the free-throw line. The Beavers held a 24-20 rebounding advantage over Wolsey-Wessington and had 18 turnovers.

"Our kids played hard," said Warbird coach Gordon Hooks. "We might have had tired legs, because we played in the Highway 281 Conference tournament this week, but we're not going to use that as an excuse."

Boomsma led Wolsey-Wessington with eight points.

The Warbirds (8-2) were 16-of-43 for 37 percent from the floor and 4-of-6 for 67 percent from the free-throw line. Wolsey-Wessington turned the ball over 12 times.

Wolsey-Wessington Hosts Kimball/White Lake on Friday and Hanson entertains Sanborn Central/Woonsocket on Tuesday.

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