Tanagers boys beat Orioles in season-opener

Jayce Huska (12) scores two of his 20 points Tuesday night, leading the Tanager offense in their victory over Lennox.  (Photo by David Lias)

Jayce Huska (12) scores two of his 20 points Tuesday night, leading the Tanager offense in their victory over Lennox.
(Photo by David Lias)

By Scott Bormann

Vermillion’s boys’ basketball team started off their season on the right note with a 48-37 victory over Lennox on Dec. 17. Having a strong first half had a lot to do with that success.

The Tanagers were led by senior Jayce Huska with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Senior Nick Jensen added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Junior Carter Andre added 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. Freshman Cooper Williams added 6 points, 2 steals and 3 assists. Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson added 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Sophomores Paul Schwasinger and Jacob Manger added 5 rebounds and 2 rebounds respectively.

“We struggled offensively at times,” said Coach Jay Drake, “but our guys kept us in the game by defending and rebounding.”

Vermillion was 15 of 42, for 36 percent, from the field. Lennox was 13 of 49, for 27 percent. The Tanagers shot for 27 percent from behind the arc, while the Orioles were 23 percent from 3-point range. The Tanagers hit 61 percent of their free-throws, while the Orioles hit 67 percent.

The home-team hit the boards well. Vermillion grabbed 29 rebounds, while Lennox had 23.

“We defended well and played hard to get a hard-fought season opening and Dakota 12 Conference win,” said Drake. “It was a nice way to start the season.”

The Tanagers hosted Wagner on Thursday, then will go to the Parkston Classic on Dec. 30.

Vermillion 10 28 32 48

Lennox        5 20 26 37

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