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3-pointers spark Midgets again

Whether it comes from the starting five or off the bench, Dickinson High seems to be getting it done. Senior starting guard Jake Bauer hit some backbreaking 3-pointers in the second half while senior John Hanstad came off the bench to provide a l...

Whether it comes from the starting five or off the bench, Dickinson High seems to be getting it done.

Senior starting guard Jake Bauer hit some backbreaking 3-pointers in the second half while senior John Hanstad came off the bench to provide a little perimeter magic of his own in the Midgets' 77-71 West Region win Tuesday at the Dickinson High School gymnasium.

"He made some big shots down the stretch," Dickinson coach Dean Winczewski said of Bauer.

Bauer finished with 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting that included a game-high four 3-pointers.

Although Bauer had the backbreakers, Hanstad provided the sighs of relief.

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With 8 minutes, 52 seconds to go in the game, Hanstad drilled a trey from the left wing to give Dickinson a 54-53 lead.

A minute later and with the Midgets up 56-54, Hanstad fired back with his second 3-pointer, this time from the left corner to give Dickinson a five-point lead and some breathing room.

He finished with 16 points and three steals.

"I was really pleased with his game," Winczewski said. "He made as big as shots as we had in the game. He played a very solid game."

Mandan senior Andy Hoff answered with a bucket in the paint to bring it back down to three, but Bauer responded with a 3 from the top of the key.

Hoff had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Braves.

"I thought we defended well," Mandan coach Kurt Miller said. "We got a little bit fatigued. ... (Dickinson) can shoot the ball."

Hanstad made two free throws and, after a basket and a trey from Mandan junior Jordan Thilmony, Bauer came back with another 3-pointer, hitting from the right wing and giving the Midgets a 67-58 lead with 3:34 remaining.

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"(Bauer) hit two big 3s," Miller said. "You have to give him a lot of credit."

From there on, it was a free-throw battle and the Midgets were up to the task, going 8 of 10 down the stretch and finishing 16 of 23 for the game.

There weren't many missed shots and the rebounding totals showed it. Mandan shot 55 percent in the first half and 71 in the second half for an average of 63 percent.

Dickinson shot 58 percent in the first half and followed that with a 63-percent shooting performance for an average of 60 percent.

Mandan had a 23-20 edge on the boards.

"There wasn't a lot of misses," Winczewski said, "(but) we did a poor job of rebounding."

While three of Dickinson's starters didn't log a rebound, senior center Tyler Steffan did.

Steffan was one of five Dickinson players in double figures. He had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Freshman Joe Hanstad had 12 points while senior Derek Hoyt added 10.

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"Tyler's had a very good end of the year ... Derek too," Winczewski said. "The baskets they get - people call them garbage - are big baskets.

"It changes the way teams guard you."

Dickinson High 77, Mandan 71

M: Andy Hoff 21, Jordan Thilmony 13, Tommy Kranda 12, Jared Muth 11, Jordan Mauer 8, Steve Pletan 6.

D: Jake Bauer 21, John Hanstad 16, Joe Hanstad 12, Tyler Steffan 12, Derek Hoyt 10, Taylor Bruhschwein 5, Jarl Abrahamson 1.

Halftime: D 34, M 32. 3-pointers: Thilmony 2, Muth 2, Pletan, Hoff, Bauer 4, John Hanstad 2, Bruhschwein. Free throws: M 13-21, D 16-23. Total fouls: M 23, D 18. Fouled out: Kranda. Rebounds: M 23 (Mauer 6), D 20 (Steffan 7). Assists: M 15 (Mauer 6), D 23 (Steffan 7). Steals: M 7 (Pletan 3), D 7 (John Hanstad 3). Turnovers: M 15, D 11.

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