Teamwork leads to season-opening win

Teamwork leads to season-opening win
Putting it all together as a team, the Vermillion Tanagers pulled away in the second half to overcome Harrisburg 78-58 in boys' basketball Dec. 8 at Vermillion.

Jeff Donnelly scored 32 points, made three steals and four assists. Jordan Boots contributed 24 points and three steals. Broc Gauer grabbed nine rebounds.

The Tanagers trailed 15-11 after the opening period, led 35-29 at halftime, and then held a lead of 55-43 going into the fourth quarter.

"I'm very pleased with our play," said Vermillion Coach Jason Huska. "We played hard and unselfish basketball this night. We were able to utilize our quickness on defense to cause turnovers and on offense, to get great shots. This was a good start for our season."

Vermillion improved its record to 1-0, while Harrisburg dropped to 0-1.

Vermillion sank 2 of 6 three-point attempts and hit 18 of 22 from the line. The Tanagers made 29 of 49 from the field, while Harrisburg was 21 of 40 from the field. Harrisburg connected on 6 of 16 three-pointers and hit 10 of 17 from the line.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring – Jeff Donnelly, 32, Jordan Boots, 24, Ryan Powell, 10, Bobby Dykstra, 8, Alex Schaack, 2, Andrew Pearson, 2. Rebounds – Broc Gauer, 9, Dykstra, 5. Assists – Powell, 4, Donnelly, 4. Steals – Boots, 3, Donnelly, 3.

Individual Stats, Harrisburg: Scoring – Mitch Christensen, 21, Jordan Titze, 15, Chris Buckmiller, 8, Tim Voegli, 6, Nick Taylor, 3, Taylor Fischer, 2, Will Nelson, 2. Rebounds – Christensen, 8, Titze, 4. Assists – Fischer, 3, Christensen, 3. Steals – Fischer, 2, Buckmiller, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion – 28, Harrisburg – 24. Team fouls: Vermillion – 17, Harrisburg – 21.

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