By Scott Bormann
The Vermillion boys’ basketball team had to score the most points in a game all season to send the Elk Point-Jefferson team with a loss. They also had to play their first overtime game of the season to secure the 73-65 win on Jan. 21.
The Tanagers (10-1) had three players score in double-digits again, being led by three seniors. Tyrell Harper scored 20 points, 13 rebounds, one steal and 6 assists. Nick Jensen had 15 points, 6 boards, 4 steals and one assist. Jayce Huska added 11 points, two rebounds, three steals and four assists.
The Huskies (4-6) were led in the loss by Andrew Glynn with 20 points. Brandon Koupal scored 18 points while Jordon Brandon had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Vermillion’s Carter Andre had 8 points and five rebounds. Cooper Williams scored 7 points, grabbed two boards and had four assists. Paul Schwasinger added 5 points and one assist. Jeremiah Johnson also had 5 points and one steal, while Jacob Manger scored two points.
The Tanagers won the battle of the boards 29-24. Both teams made 14 shots from 2-point range, while the Huskies had a 10-9 edge from behind the arc. The big difference came from the charity stripe. EPJ shot 7 of 18 (38 percent) for free-throws, while Vermillion was 18 of 24 (75 percent).
The Tanagers next travel to Sioux Falls Christian (6-3) on Jan. 23, then to West Central (0-8) on Jan. 28 before hosting Dell Rapids (6-2) on Jan. 30.
ELK POINT-JEFFERSON (4-6) 13 28 45 57 65
VERMILLION (10-1) 13 33 47 57 73