Tanagers victorious in three basketball games by Jim Prosser Taking advantage of Sioux Falls College�s summer basketball clinic at the Stewart Center on June 22-23, we were happy to see the unexpected results for the Tanagers as they were victorious in all three games, facing Sioux Falls Christian, South O�Brian, and Spirit Lake.
In game #1, Tyler Brown led the scoring with 16 points, Jon Brooks was close behind with 15, and Nathan Boots scored 14. Three-point baskets had Brooks with four, Brown two, and Boots one. Boots also dished out seven assists to lead the team in that statistic, and Brooks had four with three other players contributing three assists each.
Leading rebounder was Nick Olson with six, followed by Jeff Brevik with four. Other double figure scorers: Adam Brunick and Olson, 10 each. Final score was VHS 74, SFCHS 55
In Game #2, the Tanagers faced their toughest opponent at the clinic � South O�Brian, and the final score demonstrates that � 64-61 for a VHS win. Using a 3-point barrage, 10 in all, the varsity was able to hold on for the victory.
Nick Olson led the rebounding with seven, followed by Dave Yutrzenka with five. VHS Scoring leaders were: Jon Brooks � 17 (and seven assists); Tyler Brown � 12 (all on 3-pointers); Nick Olson � 11; Adam Brunick had three 3-pointers.
With the score tied at 60 each, an O�Brian defender committed a technical foul and Brooks made both points. Then on the throw in, he was fouled and made both ends of a 1 and 1 which held up as the opponents made one of two free throws and a desperation shot at the buzzer was too short preserving the win.
Game #3 was a �laffer� as Spirit Lake scored only 43 points while the Tanagers ripped the nets for 67. Rebounding, and assists were key to the great scoring.
Olson had 12 rebounds, contributing to his 16 points in the paint. Boots and Brunick also scored 16 points each. Brunick drained five 3-point field goals and pulled down six defensive rebounds. Tyler Brown led with eight assists and four steals, while Brooks had four assists along with scoring 12 points.
Even the sixth man (Collin Prosser) made the scoring column with a 3-point goal, three rebounds, a steal and an assist.
The JV team also won their three games: 43-40 over Ponca NE; 55-42 over SF Roosevelt; and 58-38 over Parker.