Tanager JV roars back to beat Madison

Tanager JV roars back to beat Madison by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers roared back in the fourth quarter to top the Madison Bulldogs 55-50 in boys' basketball Feb. 7 at home. The Tanagers shot 50 percent from the field in the contest.

The Vermillion JV had trailed by 12 going into the final period in a win capped by a 20-3 fourth-quarter surge.

Randy Kabambi scored 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Andrew Pier contributed 15 points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists.

"In the fourth quarter, Pier was 5 for 6 and Kabambi 3 for 4 from the free throw line to clinch the win," said Vermillion JV Coach Jon Ruevers.

The Tanagers trailed 12-11 after the opening period, trailed 26-23 at halftime, and then trailed 47-35 after the third period.

Vermillion JV held onto the win from the free throw line, making 19 of 33 charity tosses to 8 of 10 for MHS.

"Great victory," said coach Ruevers. "The guys never gave up. It is a credit to them to stay with the game plan and never give up."

Vermillion improved its record to 7-4, while MHS dropped to 7-3.

Vermillion sank 0 of 3 three-point tries. The Tanagers connected on 18 of 36 from the field, while MHS was 17 of 44 from the field. MHS sank 8 of 18 three-point tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Randy Kabambi, 26, Andrew Pier, 15, Kyle Brunick, 6, Mike Hanson, 4, Michael Preszler, 2, Jason Donald, 2. Rebounds � Kabambi, 9, Pier, 6. Assists � Brunick, 5, Hanson, 3, Pier, 3. Steals � Pier, 3.

Individual Stats, MHS: Scoring � Nathan Stearns, 16, Alex Haiar, 11, Landon Swab, 7, Dan Rhodes, 5, Brian Miller, 4, Gavin Faubush, 3, Kyle Hanneman, 2, Nathan Dailing, 2. Rebounds � Kyle Keegan, 5, Haiar, 4. Assists � Faubush, 3. Steals � Stearns, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 24, MHS � 21. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 9, MHS � 22.

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