Vermillion JV felled by third quarter deficit

Vermillion JV felled by third quarter deficit The Vermillion JV Tanagers lost to the Lennox JV Orioles 52-35 in boys basketball Jan. 21 at Vermillion after falling prey to a 17-4 third-quarter deficit.

Adam Brooks scored 6 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Brett Hogen scored 10 points in two quarters.

�Brett Hogen gives us a nice offensive scoring punch,� said VHS Coach Lance Luitjens. �Unfortunately, I only get him for one half.�

The Tanagers fell behind 12-10 after the first quarter, trailed 24-20 at halftime, and then trailed 41-24 after the third period.

The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 6 turnovers and the Orioles committing only 8.

�We just couldn�t keep them off the offensive boards,� said Coach Luitjens. �But I thought the guys played hard down the stretch even when the game was out of reach.�

VHS saw its record fall to 2-6, while Lennox upped its mark to 5-3.

VHS connected on 11 of 18 free throw attempts. Lennox connected on 5 of three-point attempts and connected on 5 of 15 free throw attempts.

Despite the score, the Tanagers had some good individual performances.

�Matt Bedard and Adam Brooks stepped up and played hard on defense,� Coach Luitjens said. �If we can get all five playing hard through four quarters, we�ll be in every game.�

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Jeremy Cowman, 10, Brett Hogen, 10, Adam Brooks, 6, John Holoch, 4, Nick Olson, 3, Matt Bedard, 1, Jeff Brevick, 1. Rebounds � Adam Brooks, 8, Brett Hogen, 6. Assists � Cowman, 3. Steals � Cowman, 3.

Individual Stats, Lennox: Scoring � Mike Fodness, 16, Galen Hoogestraat, 12, Steve Kruse, 11, Dustin Poppins, 6, Clayton Wulf, 5, Joy Haan, 2. Rebounds � Hoogestraat, 7, Fodness, 5. Assists � Wulk, 3.

Team rebounds: VHS � 26, Lennox � 31. Team fouls: VHS � 19, Lennox � 16.

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