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The Vandalia Vandal boy’s basketball team came away with three wins this past week, the most recent this past Monday with a victory over Gillespie.
After trailing by one at the half, 23-21, the Vandals came out of the locker room ready for a comeback, and comeback they did.
Led by Casey Mitchell and with 7 and Reid Well with a couple of treys in the third, Vandalia tied the Miners at 38, and the momentum continued on in the final eight minutes, as the good guys took the contest, 58-54
Mitchell was game high scorer with 19 on the night, followed by Well with 11; Carson Ruot, 8; Case Goldsmith, 6; Chase Laack and Gaige Beall, each with 5, and Matthew Hagy and Cole Tarkington, each with two.
The jayvee also pulled out a win, taking a 32-22 lead at the half and not looking back. Vandalia won the contest 70-42.
Reid had the Miners number as he led the jayvee with 17 points, followed by Aiden Politte with 13; Connor Ray, 10; Hagy, and Laack, 9; Preston Nestrick with 4, and Cayden Hipsher, Kannon Wollerman and Aydan Jones, all with two.
The Vandals also netted a win against Dieterich on Saturday, Feb. 27, 60-52, after trailing by a bucket at the half.
The Maroons took the early lead, with a balanced offensive in the first, taking the lead 12-9. However that was before the Vandalia got warmed up as that would be the sole quarter they would be outpaced.
The team gained a point in the second quarter to narrow the lead, but it was the second half where Vandalia shined.
Led again by Mitchell in the third quarter, and some clutch free throws down the stretch, the Vandals handily took the contest.
Mitchell was game high scorer with 20, followed by Beall, 11; Ruot and Hipsher, 8 each; Well, 6; Hagy, 3, and Tarkington and Goldsmith with two each.
The jayvee handily won their game, 48-25. Defensive play was the key in this contest, as the Maroons were shut down for three of the quarters in the contest.
It was a balanced scoring attack as Jones, Ray, Hagy, and Laack all scored eight; followed by Nestrick with 6; Well with 5, Hipsher, 3, and Wollerman, 2.
The Vandals took a 27-22 advantage into the locker room last week against Pana, and led by 6 going into the final frame, but didn’t have enough in the tank, and fell 55-51.
Vandalia took the early lead in the first by one 10-9, and in a game that was back and fourth in the second, the Vandals took a five point lead just before the half, 27-22. They increased the lead by one by the end of three, but the Panthers had a strong fourth, and eked out the win, 55-51.
Laack was high scorer for Vandalia, as he knocked down 11 of his 14 points in the third. He was followed by Mitchell with 11; Goldsmith, 8; Ruot, 7, and Well and Beall with 5 each.
It was no contest for the jayvee squad, as Vandalia easily handled the Panthers 81-47.
Laack was also high scorer here with 20 and Hagy was next with 19. Ray had 14; Well, 7; Nestrick, 6; Politte and Jones, 2, and Chase McNary and Wollerman each chipped in 1.
The Vandals also took a freshman contest in the early contest, 41-31. Hipsher, Politte and Wollerman all had 9; Andrew Kelly had 6, and Jones and Nestrick each had 4.
The Vandal defense was stellar against the Staunton Bulldogs Wednesday, Feb. 24, as Vandalia manhandled their opponents, 56-42.
Mitchell led the way with 20 and Ruot had 14 in the game. Golsmith put 10 in the scorebook, and Beall and Tarkington each had 5, and Well had 3.
The jayvee won their game, 59-30, taking the lead in the first quarter and never looking back.
The Vandals were to play Hillsboro last night, and will face Southwestern on Friday night at home.