Free throws clinch win for Vermillion

Free throws clinch win for Vermillion Two free throws clinched the win for Vermillion with 24 seconds left in the game as the Tanagers rallied to edge the Canton High School varsity C-Hawks 46-45 in boys basketball Jan. 29 at home.

VHS had trailed by two going into the final period.

"Beau Blouin made 2 free throws," said VHS Coach Troy Terronez of the clinching moment.

Vermillion's Blouin scored a game high 24 points, made 6 steals and grabbed 5 rebounds.

CHS jumped in front 8-7 after the first quarter, and held an edge of 16-11 in the second quarter. VHS had an advantage of 15-11 in the third period to shave the deficit to only 35-33 going into the final period.

"Our defensive play was a key contributor to the win," said Coach Terronez. "The boys did a nice job, holding off all of Canton's players under double digits. Offensively, we recognized who had the hot hand, and we got that person the ball."

In the third period, Blouin scored 11 of his points in the third quarter to bring Vermillion within 2 points.

In the final period, John Thompson hit a 3 pointer with 2:25 left in the game to put the Tanagers up 44-41.

VHS improved its season mark to 5-6, while CHS fell to 5-7.

VHS sank 4 of 10 three-pointers and made 6 of 14 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 18 of 35 field goals, while CHS was 20 of 44 from the field. CHS hit 1 of 12 three-point attempts and hit 4 of 6 free throw tries.

The Tanagers had several important contributors in the close win.

"Cory Novak played his best game of the year," Coach Terronez said. "He scored 9 points and pulled down his season high 8 rebounds."

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Blouin, 24, Thompson, 10, Novak, 9, Cullen Iverson, 3. Rebounds � Novak, 8, Blouin, 5. Assists � Nick Mayer, 4. Steals � Blouin, 6.

Individual Stats, CHS: Scoring � Andy Siebenborn, 8, Kyle King, 8, Kevin Klaahsen, 7, Derek Myers, 6, Ryan Jonnes, 6, Jim Folkens, 4, Brian Hyronimus, 4, Luke Koth, 2. Rebounds � Myers, 8, Siebenborn, 7. Assists � Klaahsen, 7. Steals � King, 5.

Team rebounds: VHS � 23, CHS � 29.

Team fouls: VHS � 11, CHS � 17.

Stats compiled by Jim Prosser

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