Tanager boys’ basketball tournament wrap-up

Tanager boys' basketball tournament wrap-up
Vermillion 72 Alcester-Hudson 50

The Vermillion Tanagers shot down the Alcester-Hudson Cubs 72-50 in boys' basketball March 3 at Elk Point in the first round of the District 8A Tournament. The Tanagers shot 54 percent from the field in the contest.

Broc Gauer scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made four assists. Bobby Dykstra contributed with 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

The Tanagers jumped ahead 24-9 after the opening period, led 42-23 at halftime, and then led 63-32 after the third quarter.

The Tanagers committed only six turnovers in the victory.

"We got off to a great start," said Vermillion coach Jason Huska. "We got good looks offensively and we limited their looks. We did a good job involving everyone. This was a good first round win for us."

Vermillion improved its season mark to 13-8, while Alcester-Hudson fell to 5-15.

Vermillion made 3 of 8 three-point attempts and made 9 of 13 from the line. The Tanagers connected on 30 of 56 field goal attempts, while Alcester-Hudson was 19 of 53 from the field. Alcester-Hudson hit 3 of 12 three-point tries and sank 9 of 13 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring – Jeff Donnelly, 22, Broc Gauer, 19, Ryan Powell, 12, Bobby Dykstra, 10, Jordan Boots, 6, Alex Schaack, 3. Rebounds – Dykstra, 9, Gauer, 7. Assists – Gauer, 4. Steals – Powell, 3, Boots, 3.

Individual Stats, Alcester-Hudson: Scoring – Tyler Busch, 18, Chris Day, 10, Matt Schemp, 6, Alex Rodriguez, 7, Trent Neu, 5, Mike Yaeger, 4. Rebounds – Busch, 7, Day, 5. Assists – Neu, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion – 36, Alcester-Hudson – 36. Team fouls: Vermillion – 7, Alcester-Hudson – 16.

Vermillion 42

Lennox 64

The Vermillion Tanagers were defeated by the Lennox Orioles 64-42 in boys' basketball March 6 at Elmen Center, Sioux Falls in the championship game of the Region 4A Tournament.

"It just wasn't our night," said Vermillion coach Jason Huska. "We did not shoot well and we couldn't make the needed stops on defense. Lennox did everything right."

The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only seven turnovers and the Orioles committing only nine.

The Tanagers fell behind 22-13 after the opening period, trailed 35-23 after the second quarter, and then trailed 46-33 going into the final period.

Vermillion saw its record fall to 14-9, while Lennox upped its mark to 17-6.

Vermillion hit 4 of 17 three-pointers and connected on 11 of 14 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 14 of 46 field goal attempts, while Lennox was 25 of 42 from the field. Lennox connected on 1 of 6 three-point tries and sank 14 of 20 free throw attempts.

Vermillion was outrebounded 32-18.

Although defeated, the Tanagers had some individual bright spots.

"I am very proud of our seniors," coach Huska said. "This was a successful year due to their leadership and hard work. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors."

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring – Jeff Donnelly, 25, Broc Gauer, 8, Jordan Boots, 3, Ryan Powell, 2, Bobby Dykstra, 2, Jerrod Freidel, 2. Rebounds – Dykstra, 6, Gauer, 5. Assists – Powell, 3.

Individual Stats, Lennox: Scoring – Jared Vlastuin, 31, Andy Kruse, 11, Bryant Larson, 8, Andy Koosman, 4, Koby Plimpton, 4, Brandon Klinger, 4, Austin Eichacker, 2. Rebounds – Vlastuin, 16, Koosman, 7. Assists – Kruse, 8. Steals – Larson, 5.

Team fouls: Vermillion – 15, Lennox – 13.

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