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Boys basketball: Barrington edges Bartlett in final seconds

Bartlett's Marcus Aluqu(10) walks toward bench as Barringtplayers celebrate Robby Vollman (42) game-winning shot with less than second clock. |

Bartlett's Marcus Aluquin (10) walks toward the bench as Barrington players celebrate a Robby Vollman (42) game-winning shot with less than a second on the clock. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 26, 2012 10:15PM

The warning signs for trouble ahead were already posted long before Bartlett crashed and burned in the final moments of Wednesday’s second-round game against Barrington at the Jacobs Holiday Tournament.

Mistakes down the stretch cost the Hawks dearly as their chances of advancing to the championship bracket went up in smoke with a 42-40 defeat to the Broncos.

Robby Vollman scored a putback with a second left to give Barrington the victory. Bartlett (9-4), one of the favorites coming into the tournament, fell to 1-1 in tournament pool play, while Barrington improved to 2-0.

The disaster could have been averted , but the Hawks offense sputtered most of the game and proving even more devastating was their 9-of-18 shooting from the free throw line.

“Forget about what happened at the end of the game,” said Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith. “The game was decided by free throws. If we hit our free throws we win that game. It’s that simple. It shouldn’t have even come down to the end.”

The Hawks appeared to be in the driver’s seat with 1:11 left to play when they went up 38-37 as Kevin Wantroba drove and dished to Billy Kramer for an open layup. The Hawks had a chance to pad to the lead with :36 on the clock, but Lance Whitaker missed a pair of free throws. It was an omen of things to come and kept the door open for the Broncos (8-6).

Eventually Bartlett did extend the lead to 40-37 when Jon Moss knocked down a pair of free throws with :12 remaining. The Hawks could have sealed the win with a defensive stop and it appeared they had it when Barrington’s Brad Zaumsell missed a three-point attempt with four seconds left, but Zaumsell was fouled on the play. He calmly sank all three free throws to tie the game at 40-40.

Then after a timeout, Bartlett threw away the inbounds pass, giving Barrington the ball back with four seconds on the clock. Zaumsell then air-mailed a three-point attempt from deep in the near corner, but the Hawks were out of position to box out on the play and Vollman grabbed the ball and went right up with the go-ahead layup.

The Hawks had one last chance, but Moss’s halfcourt shot was off the mark at the buzzer.

“It’s a case where it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good,” said Barrington coach Bryan Tucker. “Strange things happen sometimes in pressure situations. We were given some opportunities and our kids came through.”

Zaumsell led all scorers with 19 points.

Whitaker had a team-high 12 points for Bartlett.

Lakes 68, Jacobs 48

Will Schwerdtmann scored 21 points for the host Golden Eagles.

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