Tanagers battle, but lose to Pierce

Tanagers battle, but lose to Pierce By Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers lost a tough one to the Pierce, NE Cardinals 63-60 in boys� basketball Jan. 11 at Pierce, NE.

�We started slow and battled back to have a chance at the end,� said Vermillion JV coach Jon Reuvers. �We learned a lot and hopefully will apply these lessons learned for future contests.�

The Tanagers jumped in front 21-17 after the first quarter, trailed 36-32 at halftime, and then trailed 52-48 after the third quarter.

Vermillion saw its record fall to 3-2, while Pierce upped its mark to 4-1.

Vermillion made 6 of 14 free throw tries while the Cardinals connected on 7 of 9 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Jeff Donnelly, 25, Jordan Boots, 19, Ryan Powell, 13, Bobby Dykstra, 3. Rebounds � Donnelly, 6, Boots, 5. Assists � Powell, 4, Boots, 3. Steals � Powell, 4, Donnelly, 3.

Individual Stats, Pierce: Scoring � Bob Stonacek, 13, Tyler Haas, 12, Ian Kai, 9, Craig Wosleger, 9, Justin Prince, 8, Tim Koehn, 4, Adam Wachter, 4, Aaron Echringer, 4. Rebounds � Stonacek, 8, Wosleger, 7. Assists � Kai, 4. Steals � Prince, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 27, Pierce � 31. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 16, Pierce � 13.

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