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Vandals go 1-1 in shootout tourney

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – Six Vandals got into the scoring column in the team’s first tournament game in Tuesday’s summer-opening Vandal Shootout, but Vandalia would run into a tough Breese Central team in the second round to end its shootout with an 3-5 overall record.

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Rising senior Collin Nestleroad led the Vandals with nine points in a 25-19 win against Decatur Lutheran School Association in a running clock, 20-minute game.

The game was close for the first 10 minutes, but Vandalia used a 5-0 run to establish a lead and closed the game on another 5-0 run to secure the win.

Both runs started with a layup by rising sophomore Kain DuFaux and included a 3-point play.

DuFaux had five points in the game, and also scoring were rising senior Austin Durbin (four), rising freshman Nathan Casey (three), rising sophomore Richie Well (three) and rising sophomore Kelly Jones (one).

Breese Central opened the game on a 6-0 run and used consistent scoring the rest of the way to earn a 31-14 victory.

Nestleroad led the Vandals with eight points, while Durbin scored three, DuFaux added two and rising junior Enrique Jenner made a free throw.

Vandalia cut the lead to 13-9 with 11:46 left in the game, but Breese Central recorded back-to-back breakaway layups off of steals to spark a 10-2 run that effectively sealed the win.

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The Vandals amped up their defensive pressure following halftime against Ramsey, and were rewarded with several turnovers that helped secure a victory.

Vandalia forced four turnovers on Ramsey’s first six possessions of the second half, going on a 10-0 run in the same span to erase a five-point halftime deficit on the way to a 52-46 victory on Tuesday in the first game on day two of the summer-opening Vandal Shootout.

Rising senior Collin Nestleroad led the game with 18 points, and he scored 17 of those in the second half, including nine of the points during Vandalia’s 10-0 run.

Austin Durbin, also a rising senior, added nine points, and rising sophomore Kain DuFaux added nine.

The teams traded the lead five times in the first half, but once the Vandals got the advantage in the second half, the Rams were unable to get closer than three points of the lead.

Rising junior Michael Camez paced Ramsey with 12 points.

Later on Tuesday, Vandalia was defeated by Seneca, 53-44.

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Rising sophomore Richie Well sank a 3-pointer with 2:33 left in the game to break a 55-55 tie and then stole the ball with 27 seconds left to seal Vandalia’s 59-55 win against Patoka in the season-opening Vandal Shootout.

Well’s 3 was the last field goal of the high-scoring, fast-paced battle between area rivals, and he led the Vandals with 17 points.

Rising Patoka junior Dylan Back made six 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 20 points, and rising senior Tyler Back added 17, 15 of which came in the first half as Patoka eventually came back from a 15-2 deficit to take a lead.

Vandalia, however, would use an 11-3 run over the final 3:10 to get back in command.

The Warriors forced a pair of ties in the second half, but never could reclaim the lead.

Other leading scorers for Vandalia were rising seniors Austin Durbin and Collin Nestleroad, with 12 points, and rising freshman Nathan Casey, with 11.

For Patoka, rising sophomore Jered Cain had 11.

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Later in the day, the Vandals lost an early lead when Edwards County went on a 9-0 run around the halftime break and struggled down the final stretch of a 53-42 loss.

Rising senior Collin Nestleroad had 22 points for the Vandals, and rising sophomore Richie Well had 12, as just five players scored in the loss, which saw Edwards County finish the game on an 8-2 run.

That run came shortly after a five-minute scoring drought for both teams.

Rising freshman Nathan Casey had five points, while rising sophomore Kain DuFaux scored two and rising senior Austin Durbin had one.

Also on Monday, Vandalia lost to Nashville, 51-25, and Heritage/Villa Grove, 76-61.

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Monday, June 9
•Nashville 51, Vandalia 25
•H/VG 53, Patoka 34
•Breese Cent. 53, Edwards Cty. 31
•Mt. Carmel 58, Seneca 24
•Ramsey 32, Decatur LSA 29
•Vandalia 59, Patoka 55
•Nashville 45, H/VG 28
•Mt. Carmel 59, EC 39
•Breese 59, LSA 28
•Seneca 51, Ramsey 20
•H/VG 76, Vandalia 61
•Nashville 66, Patoka 34
•Seneca 42, EC 31
•Breese 41, Ramsey 23
•Mt. Carmel 54, LSA 41
•H/VG 78, Ramsey 35
•Breese 65, Patoka 50
•EC 53, Vandalia 42
•Nashville 42, Mt. Carmel 28
•Seneca 28, LSA 20

Tuesday, June 10
•Vandalia 52, Ramsey 46
•Nashville 48, Seneca 40
•Patoka 50, Mt. Carmel 48
•Breese 73, H/VG 46
•EC 50, LSA 44
•Seneca 53, Vandalia 44
•Nashville 55, Ramsey 13
•Patoka 53, EC 42
•H/VG 71, LSA 42
•Breese 54, Mt. Carmel 48

Tournament
First round
•Vandalia 25, LSA 19
•Patoka 22, Ramsey 16
•Nashville 28, EC 17
•Mt. Carmel 31, H/VG 26
Quarterfinals
•Breese 31, Vandalia 14
•Seneca 30, Patoka 22
Semifinals
•Breese 27, Nashville 21
•Mt. Carmel 22, Seneca 19
Championship
•Mt. Carmel 24, Breese 15