Custer's solid play too much for Tanagers by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers were downed by Custer 60-48 in boys� varsity basketball Feb. 3 at Custer as the winner held the lead after each quarter.
Bo Nelson scored 24 points for Vermillion.
�Bo is usually recognized for his offensive ability, however, he proved that he can play both ends of the court,� said Vermillion varsity Coach Troy Terronez. �Custer�s Paige Paulson, who averages 24 points per game, was held to only six points, and Bo was a big part of that.�
The Tanagers trailed 11-4 after the opening period, trailed 21-18 at halftime, and then trailed 32-28 going into the final period.
The contest was well-played, with each team committing only seven turnovers.
�Custer has a solid program and came out with hard defense,� said Coach Terronez. �It took us awhile to adjust, only scoring four points in the first quarter. After that, the boys always had the game in their reach, but a couple of 3-pointers by Custer and some good free throw shooting took the game.�
The Vermillion varsity saw its record fall to 6-5, while Custer upped its mark to 10-5.
The Vermillion varsity hit 4 of 15 three-pointers and sank 14 of 17 free throw attempts. The Tanagers connected on 11 of 23 from the field, while Custer was 14 of 28 from the field. Custer sank 5 of 16 three-pointers and sank 17 of 21 from the line.
Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Bo Nelson, 24, Tim Russell, 2, Nick Olson, 2, Paul Tims, 5, Jeremi Cowman, 5, Brett Hogen, 6, Eddie Filipovic, 4. Rebounds � Nelson, 8. Assists � Tims, 3.
Individual Stats, Custer: Scoring � Travis Meyer, 22, Tyson Bradford, 11, Tyler Custis, 7, Paige Paulson, 6, Tyler Long, 5, Robbie Ellison, 4, Matt Lyndon, 2, Adam Ferrige, 2, Michael Burke, 1. Rebounds � Custis, 6, Paulson, 5. Assists � Long, 3.
Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 21, Custer � 25. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 19, Custer � 15.