Junior varsity downs Patriots by Jim Prosser The Vermillion JV Tanagers downed the Douglas Patriots 43-35 in boys basketball Feb. 4 at Vermillion as the winners led after each quarter.
Nick Olson shot a buzzer-beating half court 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter.
�Obviously, I need to let Olson shoot more 3s,� said VHS Coach Lance Luitjens. �John Brooks did a great job of handling and distributing the ball.�
The Tanagers jumped ahead 15-4 after the first quarter, led 27-17 at halftime, and then held a lead of 37-25 after the third period.
�This is the best we�ve looked all year,� said Coach Luitjens. �It was a complete team performance. We did what we had to do defensively and offensively.�
VHS improved its season mark to 6-7, while the Douglas junior varsity fell to 6-7.
VHS hit 2 of 3 three-pointers and connected on 11 of 13 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 13 of 30 field goal attempts, while Douglas junior varsity was 12 of 33 from the field. Douglas junior varsity hit 2 of 4 three-point tries and made 5 of 8 free throw attempts.
The winners needed good efforts from several performers.
�I thought this was John Holoch�s best game of the year,� Coach Luitjens said. �He stuck the defensive pressure on them and finished offensively as well.�
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Brett Hogen, 12, Nick Olson, 7, Jeremi Cowman, 6, Matt Bedard, 6, Jon Brooks, 6, Josh Holoch, 4, Adam Brooks, 2. Rebounds � Cowman, 5, A. Brooks, 4. Assists � Jon Brooks, 5. Steals � Jon Holoch, 3.
Individual Stats, Douglas junior varsity: Scoring � Kyle McKinney, 10, Jon Traxinger, 5, Jacob Martin, 5, Randy Dupris, 4, Todd Webber, 4, Dustin Heide, 3, Justin Schafer, 2, Cory Sheppard, 2. Rebounds � Heide, 4. Assists � Weber, 2. Steals � Dupris, 2.
Team rebounds: VHS � 21, Douglas junior varsity � 18. Team fouls � VHS � 13, Douglas junior varsity � 15.