Vandals enter VHT with 2 wins, OT loss

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By Andrew Harner

The Vandals enter next week's  Vandalia Holiday Tournament after winning two games this past week before losing one in overtime.

Vandalia begins play in its tournament on Monday at 11:30 a.m., and a full schedule for the tournament appears in the scoreboard on Page 4B of this issue.

Vandalia vs. Carlyle
The Vandals used an 18-4 run at the start of the second half to erase a 13-point halftime deficit on Tuesday, but they couldn’t hang on in the end against Carlyle, falling in overtime, 82-75.

Vandalia trailed 14-0 after the first 5:30 of the game, as Carlyle took advantage of several wide-open looks they received, while forcing the Vandals into seven turnovers.

“We have to learn our lessons, and in the last five games we haven’t started well,” said coach Kevin Jackson. “In the first five games, we had great starts.”

A 7-0 run over a 90-second span in the middle of the second quarter allowed the Vandals (8-2) to get within seven at 28-21, but the Indians used a 12-6 run over the remainder of the period to take a big lead to halftime.

Jackson said he did not make a profound speech or make any serious adjustments to the gameplan at halftime, but for some reason, the team was ready to play at the start of the third quarter.

Seniors Bryan Hosick and Quenten Austin and junior Leyton Godoyo combined to score the 18 points that would eventually give the Vandals a 45-44 lead, which came on a 3-pointer by Godoyo.

Eleven of those points came off of Carlyle turnovers, including three steals by Vandalia.

“I’m proud of the effort in the second half,” Jackson said. “We made some adjustments and executed them.”

Carlyle would eventually get ahead by six late in the third quarter, but the Vandals got a pair of free throws from Hosick with six seconds left in the third and four points from junior Tim Ritchey in the first 42 seconds of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 55.

Neither team would lead by more than two points after that, which set up a wild finish that saw four turnovers in the final 65 seconds.

A jumper by Hosick tied the score at 64 with 1:28 left in the game, and Jackson called a timeout after a Carlyle turnover with 57.7 seconds left in the game.

The Vandals slowly developed their play before turning over the ball with 22 seconds left in the game, but the Indians gave Vandalia another shot after a turnover with 4.2 seconds left.

After a Vandalia timeout, however, the Vandals turned the ball over two seconds later, giving the Indians another chance at the game-winning shot.

Carlyle’s Hunter Hartung – who had a game-high 26 points – got a look at the basket, but junior Chase Woolsey blocked the shot with less than a second remaining in regulation.

“We felt like they were going to do some kind of lob, so that was an automatic switch,” Jackson said. “I wanted Chase there, so that the kid coming back would have the length on him.”

Hartung got his revenge in overtime, though, nailing a 3-pointer with two minutes left in the extra period to put Carlyle ahead by five.

The Vandals got within three points of the lead following that shot, but Carlyle was strong at the free-throw line down the stretch (8-of-10) to preserve the victory.

Tuesday, Dec. 20
Carlyle 82 (OT)
Vandalia 75

CHS: 17-23-15-9-18—82
VHS: 7-20-24-13-11—75
Points: Hosick, 21; Ritchey, 18; Godoyo, 11; Austin, 10; Dathan Berning, 9; Woolsey, 4; Trevor Montgomery, 2.
Rebounds: Berning, 5; Ritchey, 4; Woolsey, 4; Austin, 2; Hosick, 2; Wade Cowger, 1; Godoyo, 1; Montgomery, 1.
Steals: Berning, 6; Ritchey, 2; Austin, 1; Hosick, 1.
Blocks: Hosick, 1; Woolsey, 1.

Vandalia vs. EAWR
The Vandals forced East Alton-Wood River to commit more turnovers than it scored points during a 55-15 win on Saturday.

EAWR did not make a field goal in the second half, getting five points on free throws.

Junior Tim Ritchey nearly outscored the Oilers by himself, netting three 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 13 points, and senior Bryan Hosick was right behind with 12.

Vandalia had doubled up EAWR by the end of the first quarter, leading 13-6, and the lead grew to 12 by halftime, at 22-10.

The Vandals scored 17 points in the third quarter, while limiting EAWR to just three, to take a 39-13 lead, and that continued into the fourth quarter, when the Vandals outscored the Oilers, 16-2.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Vandalia 55

EAWR: 6-4-3-2—15
VHS: 13-9-17-16—55
Points: Ritchey, 13; Hosick, 12; Quenten Austin, 7; Leyton Godoyo, 7; Dathan Berning, 6; Trevor Montgomery, 5; Chase Woolsey, 3; Wade Cowger, 2.
Rebounds: Godoyo, 5; Woolsey, 4; Cowger, 3; Hosick, 3; Michael Wells, 3; Austin, 2; Berning, 2; Montgomery, 1; Ritchey, 1.
Steals: Ritchey, 5; Cowger, 4; Berning. 3; Hosick, 3; Austin, 1; Godoyo, 1.

Vandalia at Litchfield
LITCHFIELD – Junior Tim Ritchey made a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer and senior Dathan Berning had a career-high 26 points during a 15-point win for the Vandals last Friday night.

Playing at Litchfield, the Vandals committed just nine turnovers en route to a 65-49 win, with Berning leading the way by scoring at least three points in each quarter.

“Dathan attacked the rim well and shot the ball from the outside,” said coach Kevin Jackson. “He was really confident, and carried himself like a ball player.”

The Vandals (7-1, 2-1 South Central Conference) took an eight-point lead to halftime with Ritchey’s heave, and Litchfield was not able to get any closer than that, but Jackson still said the second half of the game “seemed like a struggle.”

Vandalia used three big runs after the first quarter to build its lead, taking a 7-0 run at the start of the second quarter to go ahead by six, at 19-13.

Four players – senior Quenten Austin, Berning, senior Bryan Hosick and junior Leyton Godoyo – scored during that run, but the Purple Panthers brought it back to a four-point game on a second-chance layup with 1:38 left in the half.

The Vandals, however, would score six points over the final 1:16 of the second period to regain a big lead.
An 8-2 run to close the third quarter left the Vandals ahead by 13.

Litchfield’s closest mark in the fourth quarter was an eight-point gap with just more than four minutes left in the game.

“We’ve got to quit being so spurty,” Jackson said. “We need to understand when to go, go, go, and we need to understand when to put the brakes on.”

In the final 2:07, the Vandals made 10-of-12 free throws to secure the victory.

Friday, Dec. 16
Vandalia 64
Litchfield 49

VHS: 12-15-18-19—64
LHS: 13-6-13-17—49
Points: Berning, 26; Ritchey, 14; Hosick, 11; Austin, 4; Trevor Montgomery, 4; Chase Woolsey, 4; Godoyo, 1.
Rebounds: Austin, 5; Godoyo, 4; Hosick, 4; Team, 4; Ritchey, 3; Berning, 1.
Steals: Austin, 2; Berning, 2; Hosick, 1.
Blocks: Berning, 1; Godoyo, 1; Hosick, 1.