Tanagers rally to beat Dakota Valley

Tanagers rally to beat Dakota Valley by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers rallied in the second half and then pulled away to beat the Dakota Valley Panthers 57-46 in boys� varsity basketball Feb. 5 at home.

The Vermillion varsity had trailed by five at halftime.

Paul Tims scored nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made five assists.

The Tanagers fell behind 17-12 after the opening period, trailed 28-23 at halftime, and the score was knotted 39-39 going into the fourth quarter.

�We didn�t play very good in the first half,� said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska. �The kids really responded in the second half. Eric Rickord came off the bench and gave us the spark we needed. This was a good win for us.�

Vermillion�s Eric Rickord tied the score with a 3-point field goal at the end of the third quarter. Then he helped the Tanagers take the lead with a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter.

�He gave us the spark we needed,� coach Huska said.

In the last quarter, Paul Tims added a 3-point field goal to increase the lead and he was 4-4 from the free throw line in the final minutes. Jon Brooks went 6-7 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.

�Dakota Valley was forced to foul in attempts to get the ball and we capitalized with free throws,� said coach Huska.

The Vermillion varsity improved its record to 8-6, while Dakota Valley dropped to 9-7.

The Vermillion varsity sank 4 of 17 three-pointers and made 17 of 24 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 18 of 41 field goal attempts, while Dakota Valley was 17 of 43 from the field. Dakota Valley made 5 of 12 three-pointers and sank 7 of 9 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Nick Olson, 20, Jon Brooks, 14, Paul Tims, 9, Eric Rickord, 8, Jeff Brevik, 6. Rebounds � Tims, 11, Brevik, 5. Assists � Brooks, 5, Tims, 5. Steals � Olson, 3

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Dustin Hovorka, 11, J.J. Nelson, 11, Ben Blacser, 9, Blake Markve, 8, Eric Sherrick, 7. Rebounds � Blaeser, 5, Hovorka, 5. Assists � Markve, 3

Team rebounds � Vermillion varsity-23, Dakota Valley-26. Team fouls � Vermillion varsity �13, Dakota Valley � 18.

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