Tanagers overcome deficit to defeat Pine Ridge Thorpes

Tanagers overcome deficit to defeat Pine Ridge Thorpes by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers stormed from behind in the second half to take command as they defeated the Pine Ridge Thorpes 67-54 in boys' basketball Feb. 22 at home.

The Tanagers had trailed by seven with 2 minutes left in the third quarter. The Tanagers shot 53 percent from the field in the contest.

"The second half was fun for us coaches to watch," said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska. "It's fun to see what we have worked on all week come together. These kids deserve this win. I'm very proud and it's a good confidence builder with one game to go in the regular season."

In the third quarter, Nathan Boots and Nick Olson each hit a three-point shot to close the gap at 45-46.

"This was a real shot in the arm for us, as the crowd responded accordingly," coach Huska said.

In the fourth period, The three-point barrage continued in the opening few minutes with Jon Brooks and Adam Brunick scoring.

"Those shots gave the Tanagers the boost they needed to win the game," said coach Huska.

The Tanagers fell behind 20-11 after the first quarter, trailed 36-26 after the second period, and then trailed 46-45 after the third quarter.

The Vermillion varsity improved its record to 9-8, while Pine Ridge dropped to 17-2.

Vermillion hit 4 of 14 three-pointers and sank 9 of 15 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 27 of 51 field goals, while Pine Ridge was 21 of 73 from the field. Pine Ridge hit 4 of 30 three-pointers and connected on 8 of 11 free throw tries.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.

"Nick Olson scored 25 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, made seven assists and blocked two shots," coach Huska said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Nick Olson, 25, Jeff Brevik, 17, Adam Brunick, 9, Jon Brooks, 7, Tyler Brown, 4, Nathan Boots, 3, Dave Yutrzenka, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 19, Brevik, 5, Brunick, 5. Assists � Olson, 7, Brooks, 4, Boots, 4. Steals � Brooks, 2.

Individual Stats, Pine Ridge: Scoring � Kyle Keller, 22, Tyrell Salway, 11, Elton Three Stars, 10, Ryan Pourier, 7, Jess Hand, 2, Lonnie Brewer, 2. Rebounds � Keller, 12, Pourier, 6. Assists � Three Stars, 6, Salway, 5. Steals � Brewer, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity-36, Pine Ridge-40. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 11, Pine Ridge � 17.

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