Tanager freshmen rally for 49-47 win

Tanager freshmen rally for 49-47 win
The Vermillion Tanagers rallied to edge the Canton C-Hawks 49-47 in boys' basketball Feb. 24 at Canton.

The Vermillion freshmen had trailed by five at halftime.

This was the Tanager freshmen's last game of the season. Vermillion finished with a record of 4-6, while Canton fell to 3-8.

Blaine Olson scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

"Blaine was an important factor on both ends of the court," said Vermillion freshmen coach Eric VanLacken.

Canton jumped in front 15-13 after the first quarter, and held an edge of 10-7 in the second quarter. Vermillion freshmen had an advantage of 13-7 in the third period to take a lead of 33-32 going into the final period.

"We had a great defensive team effort in the second half," said Coach VanLacken.

Vermillion hit 2 of 6 three-pointers and connected on 11 of 34 from the line. The Tanagers hit 18 of 43 field goal attempts, while Canton was 19 of 47 from the field. Canton hit 3 of 12 three-point tries and made 6 of 11 free throw attempts.

The Tanagers had several important contributors in the close win.

"These kids made significant improvements throughout the season," coach VanLacken said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Blaine Olson, 16, Kyle Nemec, 12, Tony Thomas, 10, Sam McBride, 5, Tyler Johnson, 4, Michael Oberle, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 8, Nemec, 7. Assists � Oberle, 4. Steals � McBride, 3.

Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Zach Maierres. 17. Baily Grotwotj. 10, Ben Short, 8, Jordan Johnson, 7, Jordan Britt, 4, John Schiller, 1. Rebounds � Maierres, 9, Short, 6. Assists � Johnson, 3. Steals � Grotewold, 4.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 26, Canton � 27. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 11, Canton � 24.

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