By Scott Bormann
On Jan 3, the Tanager boys’ basketball squad gained another good victory over the Tea Area Titans.
The home team jumped out to a 15-8 first quarter lead, then outscored the visitors by 2 each of the other quarters to secure a 4-0 season record.
No matter how the Titans mounted an attack, the Tanagers were able to weather the storm each time. Tea was able to get into the passing lanes, disrupting the Tanagers’ timing and flow, but even senior Nick Jensen sacrificed his large frame to the floor to recover a loose ball just before halftime.
“We finally shot the ball from the field a little bit better than we had our first 3 games of the year,” said Coach Jay Drake. “Our coaching staff felt that we attacked Tea Area’s zone pretty well considering we had not seen much zone defense against us thus far in the season.”
Jensen again led the Tanagers with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, and 3 assists. Jayce Huska added 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 assist. Cooper Williams had 11 points (all from free-throws), 1 rebound, 1 steal, and 4 assists. Tyler Harper had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals, and 4 assists.
Carter Andre had 7 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist. Jeremiah Johnson added 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Paul Schwasinger had 2 points, 1 rebound, and 1 steal. Jefferson Galvin had 1 rebound, 1 steal, and 2 assists. Brandon Mockler grabbed 2 boards, while Jacob Manger grabbed 1 rebound.
“It was a nice win over a very solid basketball program,” said Drake. “We had a great crowd at the game and it was nice to be able to play well and get a conference win in our home gym.”
Vermillion played hard through some periods of sloppy ball handling. Tea was able to get some easy points after some opportunistic steals. The Tanagers’ grit was embodied with 3:15 left in the game.
That is when Tyrell Harper launched himself over the end line under the Titans’ basket to save the ball as it was going out of bounds. Demonstrating superior body control, Harper saved the ball right into the waiting hands of teammate Nick Jensen, all but sealing Tea’s fate.
Tri-Valley 08 24 34 51
Vermillion 15 32 44 63