Vermillion seventh-graders defeat Power in tournament The Vermillion seventh-graders took on three top-level teams at the Dakota Gold Classic in Sioux Falls last weekend and came away with an exciting win over the Sioux Falls Power 40-36. The Power went on to win the rest of their games to finish as the champion.
Buoyed by accurate 3-point shooting, the Polaris team took a 23-17 lead into halftime. Two more 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the second half by Broc Gauer and Jordan Boots extended the lead to 29-19. Then the locals went scoreless over the next seven minutes giving up 15 points in that stretch to trail 34-29.
Vermillion finished strong over the final five minutes to outscore the Power 11-2 and win the game. Free throw shooting was the key as the team was 7 for 8 during that run to finish 10 for 12 for the game. Team defense also played a major roll in holding the Power to only 36 points.
Alex Schaack led Vermillion in scoring with 14 points including 6 for 6 from the free throw line. Other scorers were Boots 10, Gauer 9, Jordan Merrigan 4, Mikal Usted 2, and Dan Storm 1. Storm and Boots were the rebounding leaders with three apiece.
In the second game, Polaris to on a quick Rapid City Coyotes team, but came up short in a tightly-contested game 50-45. Vermillion led throughout the first half and held a close 24-22 lead going into break. The Coyotes, however, were able to attack the seventh-graders zone in the second half to gain the lead.
Boots and Gauer were the double-figure scoring leaders with 20 and 10 points apiece. Cominating the board was Storm with seven. Also in the scoring column were Schaack 8, Merrigan 4, and Storm 3.
The final game was against a very tall and talented Sioux City Hayworth team. The locals were behind at halftime by 30-16, but were within reach due to Boots' three 3-pointers. Vermillion cut the Sioux City lead to eight points midway through the final half. Hayworth would not let them get any closer as they went on to win 51-34.
Boots and Gauer again paced the team scoring with 17 and 14 points respectively. Only Storm 2 and C.J. Haakinson 1 were also able to score. Rebounding leaders were Boots 5 and Haakinson 4.