Vandals again finish tournament at 1-1

VANDALIA – Though their overall record was worse, the Vandals still made the quarterfinals of the tournament in the second Vandal Shootout of the summer.

Vandalia went 1-1 in tournament play last Friday for the second straight shootout, but went 2-6 overall, a drop from the 3-5 mark in the summer-opening event.

In the tournament’s opening round, the Vandals knocked off Wayne City, 29-23.

Vandalia never trailed as rising senior Collin Nestleroad scored 12 points, including a pair of easy layups, during Vandalia’s 7-0 run that opened the game.

Rising freshman Nathan Casey hit a 3-pointer to open the game, and he scored eight, while rising sophomore Richie Well added six and rising senior Austin Durbin made a pair of free throws.

The Vandals played from behind for most of the quarterfinal matchup, a game that featured seven ties.

The last came at 19-19, and Arcola made one free throw on two straight trips to the free-throw in the last 1:26 while holding the Vandals scoreless.

There were eight lead changes in the game, with Vandalia last holding the advantage afterWell made a pair of free throws with 3:11 left in the game to put the Vandals up 19-18.

Casey led the team with eight points, and Nestleroad added six. Well had two, as did rising sophomore Kain DuFaux, and Durbin had one.

Prior to tournament play, the Vandals dropped their final game of pool play to Murphysboro, 62-48.

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VANDALIA – Flora hit 3-pointers on its first four possessions of last Friday’s game against Vandalia to establish a lead that the Wolves would never come close to relinquishing.

The Wolves knocked down 10 shots from long-range in the 68-35 win in both teams’ first game of pool play on the second day of the second Vandal Shootout of the summer.

Rising sophomore Richie Well stopped Flora’s game-opening run with the first of his three 3-pointers with 17:11 left in the first half. He and rising freshman Nathan Casey paced the Vandals with nine points.

Others scoring for Vandalia were: Collin Nestleroad (five), Preston Ruckman (four), Austin Durbin (three), Marcus Zimmerman (three) and Kain DuFaux (two).

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VANDALIA – Rising sophomore Richie Well made a barrage of 3-pointers, but West Frankfort made a big scoring run in each half to sneak by the Vandals in the final game for both teams on Monday.

Well hit eight 3s to score 27 points, but the Cardinals made a 12-0 run in each half of their 58-55 victory, which saw neither team score in the final 2:11.

The Vandals got out to an 8-2 lead, but West Frankfort followed with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to go ahead, 14-8.

Well knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to give Vandalia a 30-29 lead at halftime.

He hit another to open the second half, and rising senior Collin Nestleroad put in back-to-back layups to give the Vandals a 37-29 advantage. Nestleroad scored 10 points in the game, eight coming in the second half.

A pair of 3s by Well, a layup by rising sophomore Kain DuFaux and a turnaround jumper by rising freshman Nathan Casey pushed Vandalia’s lead to 12 in the middle of the half.

West Frankfort, however, responded with a 17-4 run – including 12 straight points – over a five-minute span to go ahead, 52-49.

Well got the Vandals back within a point with a 3-pointer with 3:01 left, but a layup by West Frankfort with 2:11 left on the clock would end the scoring.

DuFaux had eight points for the Vandals, while Casey added six. Also scoring were: rising senior Austin Durbin and rising sophomore Kelly Jones, who each scored two.

Earlier on the first day, Vandalia beat Cumberland, 61-55, but lost to Carlyle, 46-32, and Benton, 70-40.

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Shootout results
Pool play
Thursday, June 12
•Carlyle 46, Vandalia 32
•Benton 49, Cumberland 25
•Murphysboro 56, Flora 51
•Greenville 57, West Frankfort 52
•Fairfield 59, Tri-County 55
•Pana 79, Wayne City 48
•Vandalia 61, Cumberland 55
•Arcola 55, Vandalia JV 23
•Carlyle 39, Benton 30
•Christopher 72, Cowden-Herrick 36
•Flora 62, Greenville 54
•Murphysboro 63, Pana 31
•Tri-County 62, West Frankfort 48
•Fairfield 51, Wayne City 34
•Benton 70, Vandalia 40
•Cowden-Herrick 53, Vandalia JV 31
•Arcola 58, Christopher 39
•Carlyle 34, Cumberland 24
•Flora 59, West Frankfort 54
•Murphysboro 61, Greenville 52
•Tri-County 59, Wayne City 36
•Fairfield 62, Pana 48
•Christopher 60, Vandalia JV 30
•Arcola 54, Cowden-Herrick 39
•Cumberland 48, Murphysboro 47
•Benton 64, Flora 60
•Greenville 52, Carlyle 37
•West Frankfort 58, Vandalia 55
•Tri-County 52, Christopher 42
•Fairfield 49, Cowden-Herrick 29
•Arcola 62, Pana 51
•Wayne City 41, Vandalia JV 31

Friday, June 13
•Benton 57, Pana 51
•Greenville 42, Cumberland 24
•Carlyle 46, West Frankfort 25
•Murphysboro 50, Fairfield 48
•Flora 68, Vandalia 35
•Tri-County 67, Cowden-Herrick 35
•Christopher 46, Wayne City 27
•Fairfield 56, Arcola 48
•Greenville 61, Benton 27
•West Frankfort 58, Cumberland 22
•Murphysboro 62, Vandalia 48
•Tri-County 34, Carlyle 29
•Cowden-Herrick 54, Wayne City 43
•Flora 52, Arcola 43
•Pana 54, Christopher 47

Friday, June 13
Tournament
First round
•Tri-County 28, Benton 19
•Fairfield 31, Greenville 28
•West Frankfort 26, Cowden-Herrick 25
•Christopher won by forfeit
•Flora 38, Carlyle 29
•Arcola 20, Cumberland 18
•Vandalia 29, Wayne City 23
Quarterfinals
•Tri-County 34, Pana 28
•Fairfield 30, Christopher 18
•Flora 35, West Frankfort 23
•Arcola 21, Vandalia 19
Semifinals
•Fairfield 43, Tri-County 36
•Flora 28, Arcola 25 (OT)
Championship
•Fairfield 35, Flora 26

Rising sophomore Kain DuFaux fights two Wayne City players to grab a rebound in last Friday’s Vandal Shootout tournament.

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