Brian Buscher looked on the bright side.
Buscher's Vandalia Vandals had just suffered a heartbreaking 68-66 loss to Flora on Saturday night at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
But despite the disappointing loss, Buscher stayed positive as looked ahead to the rest of the 2014-15 season.
"Our kids played really well," Buscher said. "I feel bad for them. But if we play like that every night, we're going to win a lot of games."
The nail-biter was close throughout, but the Wolves got it done in crunch time.
The host Vandals began the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Friday morning searching for that elusive first victory.
They got it.
And they definitely earned it.
Vandalia overcame a double-digit deficit and used an inspired second half to knock off Maroa-Forsyth, 74-63, in pool play.
It was the first win of the season for the Vandals after an 0-8 start.
The South Central Cougars had a tough draw to open the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
No. 1 seed Greenville defeated No. 9 South Central, 61-37, on Friday morning to open the 43rd annual event. The Cougars simply ran into a solid team.
Greenville, a team that has been receiving votes in the Class 2A state rankings, pulled ahead by 18 by intermission en route to the victory to improve to 9-1 overall.
Will Schaufelberger scored 23 points to lead Greenville, making seven three-pointers. Evan Langley had 12 points and four rebounds for South Central.
Cody Rincker will likely never forget the 2013 Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
It's not hard to see why.
Rincker's St. Anthony Bulldogs topped the field and took home the tourney title.
And what made the accomplishment even sweeter for the Bulldogs was the fact that not many expected the Class 1A St. Anthony squad to take the crown as the event's No. 3 seed.
Now, the Bulldogs will look to defend their crown in 2014. As the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament arrives, the Bulldogs are hoping to pull off the repeat.
HILLSBORO — The Vandalia Lady Vandals were looking for some payback.
It didn't happen.
Hillsboro pulled away late for a 56-43 win over Vandalia on Monday night in girls basketball action.
The Lady Vandals were behind right away, but were within striking distance until the hosts went on a big run early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
LITCHFIELD — "This one hurts."
That's how Brian Buscher summed it up after his team's disappointing 51-44 loss at Litchfield on Friday night.
Buscher's Vandals battled back from an 11-point deficit and took the lead in the fourth quarter, only to see the host Panthers score the final five points of the game to secure a close victory.
Once again, a victory eluded the Vandals.
ST. ELMO — The Ramsey Rams began the 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament with a bang.
They ended it with a dud.
The Rams looked out of sync from the start in a 53-36 loss to Okaw Valley on Saturday night in the third-place game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
The eighth-seeded Rams began the tourney by knocking off the No. 1 seed. But in the third-place game, the Rams struggled.
PANA — Missed opportunities and a questionable call late in the game proved too much to overcome for the Vandalia Lady Vandals.
On the other hand, Pana got it done in crunch time in a 49-46 overtime victory over Vandalia on Thursday night.
Vandalia Coach Michelle McNary said it was a disappointing loss to take.
"We had a lot of chances, but we just couldn't capitalize on them," McNary said. "We struggled from the floor shooting again. And if you do that, you're probably not going to win."