Tanagers lose close game to the Bulldogs

Tanagers lose close game to the Bulldogs
The Vermillion Tanagers were topped by the Madison Bulldogs 63-58 in boys' basketball Feb. 3 at home in a matchup that was close throughout.

"Our kids played very hard against a very good Madison team," said Vermillion coach Jason Huska. "We had some chances but when facing a good opponent you must capitalize on those opportunities. We came close, which is disappointing, but I'm proud of our effort."

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

The Tanagers tried to stay in the game from three-point range, hitting 7 of 14 from long distance, but it wasn't enough.

Madison jumped in front 14-11 after the first quarter, and held an edge of 19-17 in the second quarter. Vermillion had an advantage of 18-14 in the third period to shave the deficit to only 47-46 going into the final period.

The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 6-6, while Madison improved to 13-1.

Vermillion made 9 of 17 from the line. The Tanagers sank 21 of 50 from the field, while Madison was 23 of 46 from the field. The Bulldogs hit 9 of 13 free throw tries.

Individual stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jordan Boots, 19, Andrew Pier, 13, Chonka Wilch, 12, Jeff Donnelly, 12, Kyle Brunick, 2. Rebounds � Wilch, 8, Pier, 5, Donnelly, 5. Assists � Pier, 3. Steals � Brunick, 3.

Individual Stats, Madison: Scoring � Brady Wiebe, 22, Justin Jaspers, 11, Gavin Fawbush, 9, Chad White, 4, Brian Miller, 4, Erik Janke, 3, Alex Haiar, 3, Robby Schaefer, 3. Rebounds � Wiebe, 11, Miller, 6. Assists � Jaspers, 4.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 26, Madison � 30. Team fouls: Vermillion � 11, Madison � 14.

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