Akron-Westfield falls 52-41

Akron-Westfield falls 52-41 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers pulled away in the last stanza to beat the Akron-Westfield Westerners 52-41 in boys' basketball Jan. 24 at North Sioux City in the Dakota Valley Classic.

The Vermillion varsity had led by only four heading into the final quarter. The Tanagers shot 50 percent from the field in the contest.

Vermillion's team scoring and rebounding statistics were very even.

"Tyler Brown was credited with seven assists," said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska.

The Tanagers jumped in front 14-13 after the first quarter, went into the locker room up 26-21 at halftime, and then led 38-34 after the third period.

"We lacked some defensive intensity early on," said coach Huska. "Once we got our defense operating, we played better in all phases of the game. This was a good win for us."

The Vermillion varsity improved its season mark to 7-4, while Akron-Westfield fell to 6-6.

The Vermillion varsity hit 2 of 14 three-pointers and connected on 6 of 13 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 22 of 44 field goals, while Akron-Westfield was 13 of 39 from the field. Akron-Westfield hit 1 of 9 three-point tries and connected on 14 of 22 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Adam Brunick, 11, Chad Teigen, 10, Dave Yutrzenka, 8, Ben Oberle, 8, Tyler Brown, 7, Collin Prosser, 6, Nathan Boots, 2. Rebounds � Oberle, 8, Brunick, 5, Prosser, 4. Assists � Brown, 7. Steals � Oberle, 3.

Individual Stats, Akron-Westfield: Scoring � Nick Kach, 11, Nolan Broadic, 9, Ryan Otken, 8, Dusty Carter, 7, Cody Parmeter, 4, Derek Heyl, 2. Rebounds � Heyl, 6, Kach, 4. Assists � Broadic, 2. Steals � Carter, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 29, Akron-Westfield � 22. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 23, Akron-Westfield � 14.

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