Tanagers lose overtime thriller

Tanagers lose overtime thriller
The Vermillion Tanagers lost to the Akron-Westfield Westerners 64-59 in an overtime battle in boys' basketball Jan. 21 at home in the first round of the Dakota Valley-Vermillion Classic.

The score was tied 51-51 after regulation.

Jordan Boots poured in 25 points, including seven 3- pointers. His 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in regulation tied the game and sent it into overtime. Andrew Pier scored 6 points, grabbed five rebounds, made four steals and 10 assists.

The Tanagers led 16-13 at the end of the first period, trailed 25-20 after the second period, and then trailed 39-31 after the third quarter.

The Tanagers committed only 7 turnovers, but still picked up the loss.

Both teams were sharp from three-point range, with the Tanagers 13 of 19 and the Westerners 4 of 8.

It's simple � we did not play our brand of basketball," said Vermillion coach Jason Huska. "We scored enough points to win but we just did not get it done defensively."

Vermillion sank 2 of 12 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 22 of 48 field goal attempts, while Akron-Westfield was 21 of 43 from the field. The Westerners sank 18 of 24 free throw tries.

Individual stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jordan Boots, 25, Jeff Donnelly, 17, Chonka Wilch, 8, Andrew Pier, 6, Bobby Dykstra, 2, Ryan Powell, 1. Rebounds � Wilch, 7, Pier, 5. Assists � Pier, 10. Steals � Pier, 4.

Individual stats, Akron-Westfield: Scoring � Dusty Carter, 22, Joe Feauto, 18, Elliot Pomplun, 8, Michael Oetken, 6, Justin Koch, 7, Brad Kelley, 3. Rebounds � Feauto, 14, Oetken, 6.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 20, Akron-Westfield � 30. Team fouls: Vermillion � 21, Akron-Westfield � 13.

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