VHT Day Three: Vandals handle Eagles

Fueled by an intense trapping defense, the Vandalia Vandals ran past the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles, 65-39, on Monday at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
The win propelled the Vandals into the fifth-place game on Tuesday night.
With the loss, the Eagles remained winless at the tourney and headed to the ninth-place game.
Vandalia had a small lead when it switched from man-to-man to a 1-2-2 trapping press. The game sped up, the Eagles turned the ball over time and time again, and the Vandals began to get easy hoops or wide-open jumpers.
The Eagles had played earlier in the day and appeared to run out of gas in the second half.
"We went to the 1-2-2 to give them a different look," Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said. "I thought we did a good job of trying to get the game going up and down. We wanted to pressure them on the catch and just pressure the ball. Our kids played hard."
Vandalia's Collin Nestleroad scored 19 points, Richie Well had 15 points and Drake Dokey contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Kelly Jones chipped in seven points.
The Vandals had an early lead, but SEB went on an 8-0 run to finish the first period, taking a 16-12 lead. The Eagles were able to take advantage of their size inside, with Kyle Hardimon and Brock Oberlink scoring eight points in the paint.
"We didn't come out very well," Buscher said. "I told the kids we're just playing a game. I didn't want them to build this one up or lessen it because it was St. Elmo vs. Vandalia. I just wanted them to play the game.
"And hats off to St. Elmo," Buscher said. "They hit some shots and got the ball inside. And we were terrible in man-to-man. We didn't move our feet very well."
As the pace picked up, the Vandals took the lead after two hoops from Nestleroad. Two three-pointers from Well and layups from Jones, Nathan Casey and Dokey gave Vandalia a 31-25 lead at intermission.

St. Elmo scored seven-straight to begin the second half, but the Vandals got threes from Dokey and Well, a free throw and then two hoops from Nestleroad for a 43-34 cushion. Dokey scored four points and then Casey drained a triple at the buzzer, giving Vandalia a comfortable 50-34 advantage heading into the final frame.
Vandalia scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to blow the game open.
Both coaches got all of their subs into the late, as the outcome was clear.
Malachi Maxey scored 11 points and Oberlink had 10 for the Eagles.
The Eagles turned the ball over 19 times and shot 37 percent from two-point range and made only two of 11 three-point tries.
Vandalia (2-10 overall) shot 44 percent on two-pointers (15 of 34) and hit nine of 26 three's (35 percent).

Maroa 65, SEB 54
A valiant comeback fell short for the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles on Monday morning.
Maroa-Forsyth took SEB's best shot and held on for a 65-54 win.
The Trojans led 11-5 right away and then pulled away in the second quarter. Maroa-Forsyth took a 31-14 lead with three minutes left in the first half, as the Eagles struggled with some cold shooting and turnovers. The Trojans led, 33-19, at the half.
SEB made a push in the third period, getting within eight points. But Maroa's Parker Barrett scored seven-straight points and the Trojans took a 50-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles kept coming, though. A hoop inside by Landon Feezel cut Maroa's lead to 51-46 with four minutes to play.
Moments later, a trey from Maxey and a hoop inside by Cole Smithson cut SEB's deficit to 54-52. But the Trojans scored six-straight and then the Eagles had to begin fouling. Maroa made five of six free throws for the final score.
Barrett scored 18 points for the Trojans. Maxey led SEB with 17 points and Feezel had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Vandalia 65, SEB 39
VA  12   19  19   15  — 65
SE   16   9     9     5  — 39
Vandalia: Nestleroad 8 2-4 19, Casey 2 0-0 5, Durbin 1 0-0 2, Well 5 0-0 15, Jones 3 1-1 7, DuFaux 0 2-2 2, Dokey 4 1-2 11, Zimmerman 1 0-0 2, Ruckman 0 0-0 0, McNary 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 (9) 8-11 65. Three-pointers: Well 5, Dokey 2, Casey, Nestleroad. Rebounds 27 (Dokey 6). Fouls 15. Turnovers 12.
St. Elmo/Brownstown: Brown 0 0-2 0, Miller 0 2-4 2, Austin 0 0-0 0, Brooks 0 0-0 0, Maxey 5 0-0 11, Noll 0 0-0 0, Flowers 0 0-0 0, Smithson 1 0-2 2, Feezel 2 2-2 6, Koerte 0 1-2 1, Oberlink 4 1-2 10, Hardimon 3 1-2 7. Totals 13 (2) 7-16 39. Three-pointers: Maxey, Oberlink. Rebounds 31 (Hardimon 7, Smithson 7). Fouls 12. Turnovers 19.

Maroa-Forsyth 65, SEB 54
MF   14   19    17    15  — 65
SE     7   12     16    19 —  54
St. Elmo/Brownstown: Miller 0 1-4 1, Austin 0 0-1 0, Brooks 0 1-2 1, Maxey 5 4-6 17, Flowers 0 0-4 0, Smithson 4 1-4 9, Feezel 4 7-13 15, Oberlink 0 1-2 1, Hardimon 2 6-8 10. Totals 12 (3) 21-44 54. Three-pointers: Maxey 3. Rebounds 31 (Feezel 9, Smithson 8). Fouls 19. Turnovers 15.
Maroa-Forsyth:  Cliff 1 3-5 5, Adreon 4 4-7 12, Barrett 8 0-0 18, Richards 1 1-1 3, Aeilts 1 3-4 5, Ritter 3 3-4 11, Reeser 1 0-0 2, Bryan 4 0-1 9. Totals 18 (5) 14-22 65. Three-pointers: Ritter 2, Barrett 2. Rebounds 34 (Ritter 8). Fouls 28. Fouled out: Reeser, Bryan. Turnovers 16.

Vandalia’s Collin Nestleroad soars to the hoop for a layup against St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Landon Feezel and Dylan Brooks.

St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Landon Feezel goes up for a shot in the lane as Vandalia’s Kain DuFaux challenges from behind. Also looking on at left is Vandalia’s Austin Durbin.

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