Tanager boys harrow Huskies

Tanager boys harrow Huskies
In the Jan. 16 varsity boys basketball game pitting the Tanagers of Vermillion, and the Huskies of Elk Point-Jefferson against one another, back-and-forth play lasted until the last few and decisive minutes of the game.

After falling down by three after the first quarter, the Vermillion boys were able to pop right back up with a five-point scoring spread to conclude the second period of play, letting the score rest at the halftime buzzer with a 21-19 mark in favor of the visiting Tanagers.

The third quarter brought along more of the same style of play that was a theme throughout the entire game. Back and forth and back and forth, the third-quarter scoring efforts of both teams ended with a 15-15 deadlock. Headed into the last period of the contest, the Tanagers would need to pull away the monotonous trend of playing down to the Huskies and elevate their overall game consistency and scoring abilities.

Finally, in the fourth quarter, the Vermillion boys were able to separate themselves from the competition and harrowed the Huskies all the way to a 54-46 victory, the team's fifth on the year. Discussing this rope-a-dope style of play, Vermillion Coach Jason Huska stated, "We hung in there and got an important road win."

Vermillion was just under the even-kiel mark of 50 percent from the field with a 16-33 effort. From the area where shooters (and men) are made, the Tanagers were able to connect on 9-20 three-point shots. Not willing to let their fewer rebounds and more turnovers affect them, the Vermillion varsity boys' basketball team was still able to win despite being outplayed in multiple facets of the game.

Ryan Powell finished the game for Vermillion leading in scoring with 16 points. Jeff Donnelly contributed 15 points; Jordan Boots had 12; Bobby Dykstra had six; and Broc Gauer rounded out the scoring for Vermillion with five.

Gauer and Donnelly also assisted the winning efforts with nine total rebounds. Gauer also produced three steals, and Donnelly added five assists to his stat line.

On the Elk Point atmosphere and the big win, Coach Huska said, "Elk Point is a tough place to play. They did a good job of taking us out of the game."

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