Tanagers defeat Huskies in first round of tourney by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers held on in the second half to down the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies 62-56 in boys� basketball March 1 at Alcester in the first round of the District 8A Tournament.
The Vermillion varsity had led by 15 at halftime. The Tanagers shot 58 percent from the field in the contest.
Bo Nelson scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds, followed by Paul Tims, who contributed 12 points and five rebounds. Jeremi Cowman also added 12 points and five rebounds. Nick Olson grabbed six from the boards.
�Bo, Paul, Jeremi and Nick were major contributors to our control of the boards,� said Vermillion varsity Coach Troy Terronez. �Also, Bo, Paul and Jeremi hit their free throws in the last two minutes of play to secure the win.�
The Tanagers jumped ahead 14-12 after the first quarter, went into the locker room up 38-23 at halftime, and then held a lead of 46-37 going into the final period.
The Vermillion varsity held onto the win from the free throw line, making 20 of 27 charity tosses to eight of 16 for Elk Point-Jefferson.
�We came out strong and had a solid first half,� said Coach Terronez. �We got out of that flow in the second half, but the kids hung on and we came away with the win.�
The Vermillion varsity improved its season mark to 11-6, while Elk Point-Jefferson fell to 4-15.
The Vermillion varsity connected on four of 14 3-pointers. The Tanagers made 14 of 24 field goals, while Elk Point-Jefferson was 12 of 30 from the field. Elk Point-Jefferson made eight of 22 3-point attempts.
The Vermillion varsity held a 31-19 edge on the boards.
Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Bo Nelson, 22, Paul Tims, 12, Jeremi Cowman, 12, Brett Hogen, 6, Tim Russell, 5, Eddie Filipovic, 2, Nick Olson, 2, Adam Brooks, 1. Rebounds � Olson, 6, Russell, 6, Nelson, 5, Tims, 5, Cowman, 5. Assists � Cowman, 5. Steals � Cowman, 3.
Individual Stats, Elk Point-Jefferson: Scoring � Josh Guenther, 17, Willy Hedrick, 10, Chris Brusseau, 10, Ryan Larson, 10, Nate Schmitz, 2, Ryan Johnson, 2. Rebounds � Guenther, 4, Brusseau, 4. Assists � Hedrick, 3. Steals � Hedrick, 2.
Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 17, Elk Point-Jefferson � 22.