Bucks defeat Tanagers 67-38 in season-opener

Bucks defeat Tanagers 67-38 in season-opener by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers were downed by the Yankton Bucks 67-38 in boys basketball Dec. 7 at Yankton as the Tanagers shot just 33 percent from the field.

The season-opening loss gave VHS a record of 0-1 while Yankton varsity moved to 1-0.

�I think that some of our inexperience came out in this game but Yankton is a tough team,� said VHS Coach Troy Terronez. �They forced a lot of turnovers, pressured well and forced us to speed up our offense when we wanted to slow it down.�

The Tanagers fell behind 24-11 at the end of the first period, trailed 38-22 at halftime, and then trailed 50-25 after the third quarter.

VHS sank 4 of 9 three-point tries and connected on 6 of 14 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 10 of 30 from the field, while Yankton varsity was 18 of 38 from the field. Yankton varsity made 6 of 15 three-point tries and connected on 7 of 12 from the line.

Although defeated, the Tanagers had some individual bright spots.

�As we get familiar with the offense, it will start going in our direction,� Coach Terronez said. �We have the players, it is a matter of getting used to playing with each other.�

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Bo Nelson, 11, Jeremy Cowman, 6, Cullen Iverson, 3, Derrick Brown, 3, Jordan Thompson, 3, James Clark, 3, Brett Hagen, 3, Landon Morse, 2, Todd Anderson, 2, Tim Russell, 2. Rebounds � Nelson, 6, Hagen, 4. Assists � Morse, 3. Steals � Jeremi Cowman, 2.

Individual Stats, Yankton varsity: Scoring � Doug Hanson, 12, Adam Kniffen, 10, Paul Willman, 8, Brandon May, 8, Cody Ellingson, 6, Justin Rhorer, 6, Jerod Ibarolle, 6. Rebounds � Kniffen, 5, May 4. Assists � Hanson, 3. Steals � Kniffen, 3.

Team rebounds: VHS � 22, Yankton varsity � 30. Team fouls: VHS � 14, Yankton varsity � 17.

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