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Vandalia finishes sixth at St. Anthony Tournament

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By Jonathan Stark

In the first night of the St. Anthony’s Tournament, Vandalia didn’t put up much of a fight against Effingham, losing 60-35.

The Vandals knew it wouldn’t get any easier on night two, as they fell to host school St. Anthony, 59-30.

Once again, the problem for Vandalia was turnovers. It had 20 the first night and 24 the second night. They were also plagued by poor shooting again. Vandalia scored just five points in each of the first two quarters and trailed 34-10 at the half. It would only get worse in the third quarter. Vandalia failed to score a single point in the third quarter and were down 48-10 going into the fourth. Twenty points in the fourth quarter did little to help Vandalia’s standing as it lost by 29.

The Vandals shot 29 percent for the game, most of its points coming from Marty Johnson who had 13, hitting three three-pointers.

Will Cowger had just one basket from the field and finished with five points. Angel Osorio was held to just one shot and was scoreless for the second straight game.

Vandalia was able to out-rebound St. Anthony, 16-15, led by Daniel Bell with four. Bryan Hosick had four points and a team-high three assists. Tim Ritchey had four points and two steals.

Vandalia 47

Taylorville 26

Vandalia was able to salvage its trip up to Effingham with one win in the tournament. Friday afternoon, Vandalia beat Taylorville, 47-26, but the win was far from pretty for the Vandals.

Trailing 9-7 after the first quarter, they were able to hold Taylorville to only two points in the second quarter to take a 14-11 lead. A big third quarter gave Vandalia a more-substantial lead as it outscored Taylorville, 18-9. The quarter was anchored by a 10-0 run late by Vandalia.

It was able to close out Taylorville in the fourth, scoring 15 and winning by 21.

Johnson scored a season-high 22. He also had two steals and a block. Cowger finally seemed to get out of a slump, as he had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. Osorio also came alive with eight, as he was 4-for-6 from the field.

Vandalia turnovers hit a season-low at 10. Ritchey dished out seven assists and was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.

The Vandals shot a season-high 40 percent from the field.

Flora 49

Vandalia 33

It was back to old habits for Vandalia in it final game at the St. Anthony Tournament.  

The Vandals turned the ball over 22 times and shot less than 30 percent from the field.

They were once again led by Johnson on offense, as he scored 11, nine of which came from three-point land.

Vandalia held a 7-6 lead after the first quarter, but was outscored 19-5 in the second to fall behind 25-12.

The deficit would only grow in the second half, as the Vandals would lose by 16.

Cowger had six points and five offensive rebounds. Johnson had five defensive boards.

Bell came off the bench to score five points and get two steals. Ritchey had six assists.

Vandalia placed sixth at the Tournament.

Vandalia fell to 1-3 to start the season. The Vandals open the season at home against East-Alton Wood River on Friday with JV playing at 6 p.m.