Tanagers’ comeback attempt fails Jan. 6

Tanagers' comeback attempt fails Jan. 6
The Vermillion Tanagers fell short in a fourth-quarter comeback and were topped by the Parkston Trojans 76-69 in boys' basketball Jan. 6 at Parkston.

The Vermillion varsity had trailed by 12 after three periods.

Jordan Boots scored 19 points, and was five of nine from 3-point range. He also made three assists.

The Tanagers fell behind 17-15 at the end of the first period, trailed 43-35 at halftime, and then trailed 58-46 going into the final period.

Vermillion varsity lost the game from the free throw line, making 8 of 11 charity tosses compared with 22 of 29 for Parkston. The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 5 turnovers and the Trojans committing only 6.

"We played hard and faced a night where Parkston shot well," said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska. "We didn't quit. Defensively, we were slow rotating. Offensively, we got some good looks. We need to just keep playing hard."

Vermillion varsity saw its record fall to 1-2, while Parkston upped its mark to 6-0.

Vermillion varsity sank 7 of 17 three-point tries. The Tanagers hit 27 of 60 field goals, while Parkston was 24 of 47 from the field. Parkston hit 6 of 13 three-pointers.

Individual stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Jordan Boots, 19, Jeff Donnelly, 16, Andrew Pier, 13, Chonka Wilch, 16, Kyle Brunick, 6, Ryan Powell, 2, Bobby Dykstra, 2. Rebounds � Brunick, 7, Pier, 6. Assists � Boots, 3, Pier, 3, Donnelly, 3.

Individual Stats, Parkston: Scoring � Matt Malloy, 19, Dan Semmler, 16, Trevor Breadenhall, 10, Alex Decker, 10, Dan Maxwell, 10, Jeremy Sudbeck, 9, Matt Neugebauer, 2. Rebounds- Decker, 8, Semmler, 8. Assists � Decker, 5.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 27, Parkston � 36. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 20, Parkston � 16.

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