Patriots fall to Tanager varsity 61-52

Patriots fall to Tanager varsity 61-52 The Vermillion Tanagers topped the Douglas High School Patriots 61-52 in varsity boys basketball Feb. 5 at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

"Douglas played a physical style of ball and our players responded to it," said VHS Coach Troy Terronez. "We took the ball hard to the basket, drew the foul and shot 76 percent from the line."

In the second period, Cory Novak scored 10 points of the team's 12 and controlled the offensive board.

In the third period, Doug Hanson carried the scoring load with two 3 pointers to bring a total of 13 points in the third quarter.

VHS held onto the win from the free throw line, making 16 of 21 charity tosses to 4 of 10 for Douglas.

The Tanagers heated things up from three-point range, hitting 4 of 8 from long distance.

The Tanagers took the lead 14-12 after the first quarter, and margins of 12-11 and 19-15 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 45-38 going into the final period.

VHS improved its record to 6-6, while Douglas dropped to 9-7.

The Tanagers hit 20 of 41 field goal attempts, while Douglas was 23 of 42 from the field.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.

"Nick Mayer and Derrick Brown did a nice job controlling the basketball," Coach Terronez said. "Douglas had a strong press and these boys handled it easily."

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Doug Hanson, 17, Cory Novak, 14, Beau Blouin, 8, Cullen Iverson, 6, Jordan Thompson, 5, Bo Nelson, 5, Nick Mayer, 4, Derrick Brown, 2. Rebounds � Beau Blouin, 5, Cory Novak, 5. Assists � Nick Mayer, 3. Steals � Beau Blouin, 4.

Individual Stats, Douglas: Scoring � Andre Griffis, 14, Jason Fountain, 12, Justin Myers, 7. Rebounds � Andre Griffis, 4.

Team rebounds: VHS � 28, Douglas � 20. Team fouls: VHS � 10, Douglas � 14.

Stats compiled by Jim Prosser

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