Watchdogs leashed by Tanagers by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers pulled away in the last stanza to top the Beresford Watchdogs 54-40 in boys� basketball Jan. 12 at Beresford.
The Vermillion varsity had led by only 5 heading into the final quarter.
�Bo Nelson and Paul Tims led a balanced scoring attack for the Tanagers with 13 and 11 points respectively. Nelson pulled down nine rebounds, and Tims grabbed six from the boards,� said Tanager varsity coach Troy Terronez.
�However, Tim Russell had an exceptional game,� he continued. �Not only did he score nine points, but he had eight rebounds. Six of those were on the offensive end.�
The game was knotted 11-11 after the first quarter, the Tanagers led 28-21 after the second period, and then led 38-33 going into the final period.
�Jon Brooks also played well for us,� said Coach Terronez. �As a smaller guard on the team, he was able to get five rebounds and distribute six assists. He also took a charge late in the game, which gave us the ball when we were leading by only 3 points.�
The Vermillion varsity improved its record to 3-1, while the Beresford varsity dropped to 2-2.
The Vermillion varsity sank 3 of 8 three-pointers and made 13 of 25 free throw attempts. The Tanagers made 16 of 40 from the field, while the Beresford varsity was 13 of 36 from the field. The Beresford varsity made 2 of 6 three-point tries and made 8 of 15 free throw tries.
Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.
�As a team, we played an outstanding game,� Coach Terronez said. �It was difficult for Beresford to shut down any one player due to the balanced scoring. We also took good care of the ball, only having nine turnovers against their traps. �Our defense has continued to improve. We are putting more pressure on teams, which is forcing bad shots and turnovers,� he added. �It truly is an accomplishment to hold a team like Beresford to 40 points.�
Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Bo Nelson, 13, Paul Tims, 11, Tim Russell, 9, Jon Brooks, 7, Jeremi Cowman, 7, Brett Hogen, 5, Eddie Filipovic, 2. Rebounds � Nelson, 9, Russell, 8. Assists � Jon Brooks, 6. Steals � Cowman, 3.
Individual Stats, Beresford varsity: Scoring � Jason Hardie, 11, Joey Swanstrom, 8, Nick Carda, 8, Joel Westra, 4, Jason Bontje, 3, Tyler Christensen, 2, Ben Larson, 2, Chris Sharpe, 2. Rebounds � Hardie, 6, Christensen, 5. Assists � Westra, 3. Steals � Swanstrom, 3.
Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 38, Beresford varsity � 28. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 16, Beresford varsity � 23.