The wait is over: Vandals get first taste of victory

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.
"I'm really happy for the kids," Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said. "For the most part, they've played pretty good basketball this year. We've been in eight close games now, so they deserved a win. We're happy we're off the schneid."
Collin Nestleroad scored 20 points to lead the Vandals and Richie Well added 17 points. Well knocked down three shots from long distance. Well and Nestleroad both pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
Austin Durbin added 14 points, all on free throws, while Nathan Casey contributed 12 points, making three treys.
Brody Adreon scored 18 points for the Trojans and Parker Barrett added 15.
The Trojans had an eight-point lead early in the game, but the Vandals rallied late in the first period. By the time the opening period ended, Maroa's lead was 23-17.
The Trojans had an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter, but the Vandals responded late in the first half.
Well hit back to back threes, Nestleroad made a layup, Durbin hit four free throws and the game was tied at 40 at halftime.
A back-and-forth third period saw Vandalia take a 49-44 lead after a trey from Well.
Bench players Kelly Jones and Kain DuFaux provided hoops for the Vandals, but the Trojans answered nearly every score. The Vandals led, 53-52, by the time the third period ended.
Casey hit a three and the Vandals had a four-point lead early in the final frame.
DuFaux's putback gave Vandalia a 63-58 lead with 2:33 to play and two free throws from Jones made it 65-58. The Trojans then missed a three and had to foul. Late free throws from Nestleroad and Durbin sealed the win for the hosts. The Vandals shot 42 percent from the floor on two-pointers (15 of 36) and hit six of 13 from three-point range.
And they overcame a shaky start to earn a much-needed victory.
"We were down 8-0, the defense wasn't very good early and our first four possessions weren't very good," Buscher said. "But we slowly got ourselves back into it by hitting some shots. And we hit our free throws late."
St. Anthony 74, Vandalia 59
A furious comeback started a bit too late for the Vandalia Vandals.
St. Anthony held off the Vandals late in a 74-59 win on Friday night at the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
The win pushed St. Anthony to 2-0 in pool play, while the Vandals fell to 1-1.
The Bulldogs had a 19-point lead at 58-39 before the Vandals made one last stand.
Vandalia got hot from the perimeter and went on an 11-1 run. But in the end, St. Anthony made more than enough free throws late in the game to secure a win.
"We put ourselves in a hole," Buscher said. "I told Coach (Joe) Schaal it might get ugly, but we're going to go for it. We didn't have anything to lose. We made some things happen, and it got interesting."
Nestleroad scored 23 points and seven rebounds for the Vandals. Casey had 12 points and Well added 10.  
A back-and-forth first half ended with St. Anthony on top, 33-22.
The Bulldogs had an 8-0 run in the second period.
"Our backside rotation was a bit slow when they attacked the elbow or the baseline," Buscher said of his team's defense.
The Bulldogs used a 9-0 run in the third period to pull away at 46-30 with three minutes left in the quarter.
The St. Anthony lead grew to 58-39 before things suddenly changed.
The Vandals got two hoops from Nestleroad and two threes from Well, along with a free throw from DeFaux for an 11-1 spurt. Those points cut St. Anthony's lead to 59-51.
The Vandals' trapping press also seemed to disrupt the Bulldogs during the stretch.
After a Nestleroad trey, the Vandals were only down seven at 61-54.
But the Bulldogs were able to break Vandalia's press late and either get some hoops at the rim or draw fouls. St. Anthony made nine of 12 foul shots late in the game to lock up the win.
"Our effort was there," Buscher said. "So this is another tough one."
Six players scored in double figures for St. Anthony, with James Kabbes scoring 14.
"They have some size and some quickness and they get up and guard you," Buscher said of the Bulldogs. "They did a nice job."

Vandalia 74, Maroa-Forsyth 63
VA   17    23   13   21 — 74
MF   23   17    12  11 — 63
Vandalia: Casey 4 1-2 12, Dokey 1 0-0 2, Durbin 0 14-18 14, Nestleroad 6 8-9 20, Well 7 0-0 17, Jones 1 2-2 4, DuFaux 2 1-2 5, Ruckman 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 (6) 26-33 74. Three-pointers: Casey 3, Well 3. Rebounds 23 (Nestleroad 5, Well 5). Fouls 12. Turnovers 10.
Maroa-Forsyth: Adreon 6 5-7 18, Bryan 5 0-0 10, Ritter 5 2-2 12, Reeser 2 1-2 5, Barrett 7 0-0 15, Mandrell 0 2-2 2, Cliff 0 1-2 1, Richards 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 (2) 11-15 63. Three-pointers: Barrett, Adreon. Fouls 21. Turnovers 15.
St. Anthony 74, Vandalia 59
ST  11   22   17   24   —  74
VA  12   10   11   26  —  59
Vandalia: Nestleroad 8 6-12 23, Casey 4 4-4 12, Durbin 1 2-2 4, Well 4 0-1 10, Jones 1 3-3 5, DeFaux 0 3-4 3, Dokey 1 0-2 2, Ruckman 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 (3) 18-28 59. Three-pointers: Well 2, Nestleroad. Rebounds 23 (Nestleroad 7). Fouls 23. Fouled out: Well, Jones. Turnovers 18.
St. Anthony: Kabbes 7 0-2 14, Hartke 4 1-1 11, Martelli 2 6-7 10, Z. Gardewine 3 3-4 11, Bourgeois 1 0-2 2, Puckett 1 0-0 2, A. Gardewine 4 3-4 11, Niebrugge 1 1-2 3, Rios 5 0-0 10, Gibson 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 (4) 14-22 74. Three-pointers: Hartke 2, Z. Gardewine 2. Rebounds 20 (Z. Gardewine 6). Fouls 23.

Vandalia’s Austin Durbin dives on the floor to grab a loose ball against Maroa-Forsyth’s Josh Cliff at the VHT on Friday morning.

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