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Indians split two at Palmyra

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 8:11 am

Van-Far’s Verdell Johnson puts up a floating shot in the first round of the Palmyra Invitational against Canton.

The Van-Far Indians were hoping to leave last week’s Palmyra Tournament with some hardware as they were set up for a third place game.
Unfortunately, bad weather derailed them from leaving Palmyra with two victories as the third place game was canceled.
Their lone victory came in the first round in a district championship game rematch from a year ago with Canton.
It took a while for the Indians to wake up as Canton jumped out to a 17-10 first quarter lead.
Canton pushed its lead to 11 points before Verdell Johnson hit two big three-pointers. He scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the quarter.
Dillion Minor had a three-point play to cut the lead to six points just before the halftime buzzer.
“That bucket gave us some momentum heading into the locker room,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
Van-Far’s defense wore down Canton in the third, sparking the Indians to a 20-6 run to take an eight point lead.
The Indians had all brotherly love in the final two quarters.
Caden and Colin Wilburn combined to score 18 points while Verlyn and Verdell Johnson combined for 17 points.
The four Van-Far brothers scored the team’s 35 points in the second half to help Van-Far pull away for a 63-55 win.
“It was a good victory for us, especially playing without our leading scorer Trey Miller,” Connaway said as Miller hurt his ankle against South Shelby.
Verdell Johnson had his 17 points; Verlyn Johnson added 15 points and nine rebounds; Caden Wilburn had 15 points; Colin Wilburn scored nine points and nine rebounds; Minor had three points and five rebounds; while both Treyson Culwell and Riley Hanson scored two points.
It was an ugly first round game for the Indians as they turned the ball over 28 times in a disappointing 68-35 loss to Monroe City.
Van-Far didn’t score their first field goal until the three minute mark of the second quarter.
They trailed 35-13 at halftime before falling by 33 points.
Monroe City scored 32 points off turnovers.
It was their third loss of the season to the Panthers.
Miller did get a few minutes on the court, which was likely the lone bright spot for the Indians.
Verdell Johnson led the Indians with nine points; Caden Wilburn had seven points; Mel Troy had five points; Colin Wilburn scored four points and four rebounds; Culwell had four points; Miller added four points; Minor had two points; and Verlyn Johnson scored one point.