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Tribune photo by Brooke Kern New London-Spicer’s Joey Dreier flies to the hoop past Hutchinson’s Alex Aalfs on Thursday in New London. Hutchinson won 76-70.

Boys basketball: NLS undone by Hutch free throws

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NEW LONDON — In a game that featured 42 foul calls, Hutchinson made the most of its freebies and downed New London-Spicer 76-70 in a Wright County Conference game on Thursday.

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Leading by just one point at the time, the Tigers made 15 straight free throws during the final 4:42 to keep the Wildcats at arm’s length. Hutch hit 15 of 16 foul shots in the final three minutes of the game.

In contrast, NLS hit just 7 of 14 free throws during that same span of time.

NLS’ Aaron Ruter scored a team-high 14 points and he had 4 assists and 4 steals.

NLS had four others score in double figures — Trent Boie with 11 points, Ryan Vraa, Brett Olson and Shane Zylstra all with 10 — and Joey Dreier had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Shaun Schindler and Alex Aalfs led the Tigers with 18 points apiece.

NLS plays next at Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hutchinson 76, NLS 70

Hutchinson (6-8 10-13)    33 43 — 76

NLS (6-7 11-13)    26 44 — 70

HUTCHINSON – 25-51 FG (6-15 3-pt); 20-27 FT; 28 rebounds; 22 fouls … Scoring: Shaun Schindler 18, Alex Aalfs 18, Alec Nassirzadeh 13, McKinley Anderson 11, Riley Steenhoek 8, Jayden Juergensen 4, Josiah Rolf 2, Marcus Hahn 2 … 3-point shots: Aalfs 3, Nassirzadeh 2, Anderson 1 … Rebound leaders: Anderson 8, Schindler 7 … Assist leaders: Rolf 4, Juergensen 4 … Steal leaders: Schindler 3

NEW LONDON-SPICER – 25-59 FG (2-10 3-pt); 18-30 FT; 32 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Aaron Ruter 14, Trent Boie 11, Ryan Vraa 10, Brett Olson 10, Shane Zylstra 10, Joey Dreier 9, Nick LaPatka 6 … 3-point shots: Ruter 2 … Rebound leaders: Dreier 9, Olson 6, Zylstra 6 … Assist leaders: Dreier 5, Ruter 4 … Steal leaders: Ruter 4

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