“There are some things that we need to work on,’’ he said. “We ultimately needed to execute better. Give Bismarck credit for making enough plays at the end.’’
Stutsman, who finished with nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds, was the co-MVP of the Heritage Pool, while Learnard (8 points) and Taylor also make the all-tournament team.
North Vermillion 68, Decatur Lutheran 57
Corey Davis and Devon Sams were each 6-for-6 from the field as the Falcons raced past the Lions in the third-place game.
“Christmas came late this year for those guys,’’ joked North Vermillion coach Sam Karr. “Seriously, both of those guys had excellent shot selection. Davis has a really good shot and Sams is one of those guys that always seems to be in the right place at the right time.’’
Davis finished with 17 points, while Sams had 14 to go along with a team-high nine rebounds. Cody Wright had a game-high 21 points, including making 8-of-8 free throws, sixth straight in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
North Vermillion bounced back after suffering back-to-back losses on Friday (to Oakwood and Bismarck-Henning) to get the third-place trophy.
“As I said on Friday, I was really pleased with our effort in the game against Bismarck,’’ Karr said. “We had a talk last night and I kind of knew, we would get another good effort from these guys. What I didn’t know was that we were going to get that kind of execution.
“That’s probably the best that we’ve played this year.’’
The Falcons (7-3) shot a very nice 60 percent (24-of-40) from the field and they built a 22-5 first quarter lead by making 10-of-12 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. Jacob Earl had a big role in North Vermillion’s play as he had seven points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals in the victory.