The Vermillion boys’ basketball team played their final home game of the regular season this past Tuesday against Flandreau Indian. The Tanagers captured an 87-58 victory.
“Flandreau Indian is another opportunity to get out there and compete,” said sophomore Charlie Ward. With regions coming up, it’ll be good for us to try and build some momentum going into regions.”
The opponents started the game well as they had a 6-point lead early in the first quarter. Vermillion chipped away to take the lead for good 18-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The Tanagers took off in the second quarter, outscoring Flandreau Indian by 12. Vermillion entered halftime ahead 44-27.
In the third quarter, the Tanagers increased their lead by nine. The home team continued to have control of the game, entering the fourth 68-43.
Vermillion scored 19 in the fourth to Flandreau Indian’s 26 and ended the regular season on an 87-58 win.
Junior Connor Saunders tallied 19 points and went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc. He also had three assists, three steals, and two rebounds. Junior Jakob Dobney had 15 points, three steals, and two rebounds.
Junior Noah Gilbertson and sophomore Jake Jensen each recorded 11 points for Vermillion. Senior Sam Ward had 10 points, C. Ward had eight, and sophomore Nick Sorensen seven.
For Flandreau Indian, senior Marshall Dog Eyes had the game-high 27 points and four steals. Senior James Crawford had 12 points.
The Tanagers are predicted to play their first round of playoffs Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Canton at home. The updated postseason bracket can be found at sdhsaa.com/Athletics/Boys-Sports/Basketball/Brackets-A .