Teamwork leads to Tanager victory

Teamwork leads to Tanager victory
Performing well together as a team, the Vermillion Tanagers rallied in the second half and then pulled away to roll over the Canton C-Hawks 63-46 in boys' basketball Feb. 24 at Canton.

Vermillion had trailed by one at halftime.

Andrew Pier scored 17 points, made four steals and helped with two assists. Chonka Wilch scored 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and made three assists.

The score was 12-all after the first quarter, the Tanagers trailed 25-24 at halftime, and then led 41-34 after the third period.

The Tanagers committed only 5 turnovers in the victory.

"We started a bit sluggish, but after we made some adjustments, I thought we played very well," said Vermillion coach Jason Huska. "We had no unforced turnovers and took control of the ball, taking good shots. Defensively, we caused several turnovers. This was a good win heading into the districts."

Vermillion improved its season mark to 9-9, while Canton fell to 5-14.

Vermillion made 2 of 8 three-pointers and sank 15 of 22 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 23 of 53 from the field, while Canton was 18 of 46 from the field. Canton hit 6 of 16 three-point tries and made 4 of 6 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Andrew Pier, 17, Jeff Donnelly, 17, Chonka Wilch, 10, Jordan Boots, 9, Kyle Brunick, 3, Ryan Powell, 2, Bobby Dykstra, 2, Emmanuel Schryvers, 2, Joe Miller, 1. Rebounds � Wilch, 9, Brunick, 8. Assists � Pier, 3, Wilch, 3. Steals � Pier, 4.

Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Ben Bolin, 15, Nick Lema, 14, Jake Versteeg, 8, Jake Schneller, 5, Dan Alman, 4. Rebounds � Lema, 9, Versteeg, 6. Assists � Lema, 5. Steals � Schneller, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 36, Canton � 38. Team fouls: Vermillion � 7, Canton � 16.

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