Tanagers lose to the Wildcats 73-59 The Vermillion Tanagers lost to the Custer High School varsity Wildcats 73-59 in boys basketball Feb. 6 at Custer.
Doug Hanson shot 11 of 14 from the field to score 27 points. For Custer, Derek Paulson had 27 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists. Trent Custis had 25 points 12 came from 3 pointers.
The Tanagers led 13-10 at the end of the first period, trailed 26-25 at halftime, and then trailed 48-42 after the third period.
The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 5 turnovers and the Wildcats committing only 8.
The Tanagers tried to stay in the game from three-point range, hitting 7 of 13 from long distance, but it wasn't enough.
"We played solid team basketball on the offensive end, however our communication on the defensive end needs improvement," said VHS Coach Troy Terronez. "This will give the players a chance to get over screens and contest any shots that are taken."
In the final period, Custer made 13 free throws when the Tanagers were forced to foul after trying to make up a 6 to 10 point deficit.
VHS saw its record fall to 6-7, while Custer upped its mark to 11-2.
VHS connected on 6 of 13 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 22 of 41 from the field, while Custer was 20 of 47 from the field. The Wildcats sank 19 of 27 free throw tries.
Although defeated, the Tanagers had a number of fine individual efforts.
"Cullen Iverson put in a solid game scoring 9 points, pulling down 6 boards, and handing out 5 assists," Coach Terronez said.
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Doug Hanson, 27, Beau Blouin, 10, Cullen Iverson, 9, Nick Mayer, 4, Jordan Thompson, 3, Bo Nelson, 3, Cory Novak, 3. Rebounds � Iverson, 6, Hanson, 5. Assists � Iverson, 5.
Individual Stats, Custer: Scoring � Trent Custis, 25, Derek Paulson, 27, Novak Ellison, 13. Rebounds � Paulson, 15. Assists � Paulson, 8.
Team rebounds: VHS � 20, Custer � 16. Team fouls: VHS � 24, Custer � 19.
Stats compiled by Jim Prosser