The fourth quarter was good to the De Smet Bulldogs on Saturday.
Already armed with a 47-42 lead entering the final frame, the Bulldogs outscored the Hanson 26-8 in the final eight minutes and picked up a 73-50 boys basketball win during the Dakota Wesleyan University Culver's Classic at the Corn Palace.
The Bulldogs (13-2) trailed briefly in the first quarter, but they controlled the pace the rest of the way. De Smet put the game away in the final frame, with freshman Kalen Garry and senior Trevin Holland both capping off strong performances.
"We just kind of tried to move the ball around and try to set more ball screens and space the floor and just kind of get it inside," said Holland, who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Garry led De Smet with 34 points and 12 rebounds. The guard finished 14 of 27 from the field and did most of his damage inside. He also went 6 of 9 from the foul line and had scored exactly 30 points after three quarters.
"We just kind of have to feed him because when he goes inside, it is pretty hard to stop him," Holland said of the 6-foot-1 Garry.
Holland's 3-pointer moments into the fourth quarter put De Smet up 50-42 and lead later reached double figures. The Bulldogs closed it out from there after Hanson (12-4) took back some momentum late in the third quarter.
"That was big for us to step up and stop that run after we kind of gave them a few of the run out layups and just off of some bad turnovers," De Smet coach Jeff Gruenhagen said. "It was big for our guys when we just have that young of a team out there."
The Bulldogs controlled the boards by a whopping 49-29 margin, with Ethan McCune also collecting 11 rebounds.
"Coach said we had 28 rebounds in the first half and that was a big part of getting up ahead in the first half," Holland said.
The Beavers also struggled at the free-throw line, converting 12 of 25 attempts.
"The old coaching cliche is free throws and rebounding will win you a lot of basketball games," Hanson coach Josh Oltmanns said. "But they can also not help you win them, I guess."
Hanson's Payden Haiar finished with 18 points, while Riley Ferry tossed in 13 points and seven rebounds.
DS 21 32 47 73
H 12 22 42 50
De Smet (13-2): Kalen Garry 34, Trevin Holland 18, Rett Osthus 9, Ethan McCune 7, Tory Holland 3, Dominic Hansen 2.
Hanson (12-4): Payden Haiar 18, Riley Ferry 13, Craig Lasley 8, Reggie Slaba 6, Noah Price 2, Luke Haiar 2, Hayden Bahmuller 1.