Boys fall to Tea Area Titans 52-43

Vermillion's boys basketball team, home for three of the season's first five games, began a four-game stretch on the road last night at West Central, hoping to stay perfect in the Big 8 Conference.

Vermillion’s Tanner Settles tumbles over a Tea Area player while attempting to steal the ball during action in the Vermillion High School gymnasium Friday night. (Photo by David Lias)

Tonight the Tanagers play at Parkston as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.  Next week Vermillion goes to Bon Homme Tuesday and to Lennox Friday.  Their next home game is against Elk Point-Jefferson on Jan. 17.

Last Friday the Tanagers were down by only a point, 23-22, at halftime, but a strong third quarter by Tea Area lifted the Titans into command of the game, and they were able to keep that lead the rest of the way toward a 52-43 win.

It was Vermillion's second straight loss after starting the campaign with three victories.

Eighteen turnovers crippled the Tanagers' chances at beating Tea Area, and so did a less-than-stellar night at the free-throw line where VHS sank only nine of 20 attempts. 

Austin Krier went 7-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-7 from long-range, and 2-of-3 at the stripe for a team-high 19 points.  Anthony Leber contributed 11 points, but then the scoring dropped off to five by Caleb Miller.

Vermillion had a rebounding edge of 24-21, led by J.T. Sorensen's strong 10-board game, eight of them coming at the defensive end.  Miller was next-high with six rebounds.

A 17-10 advantage in the third quarter gave Tea Area a 40-32 lead after three stanzas, and that margin held up for an eventual nine-point triumph.

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