First-place Vermilion Ironmen top 100 again

by Tom Coombe -

The points just keep coming for the Vermilion Ironmen.
For the fourth time in as many Northern Division contests, the community college basketball team topped the 100-point mark and picked up a victory.
Vermilion moved to a league-leading 4-0 in division play Saturday, racking up 64 first-half points in a 105-86 thrashing of Fond du Lac.
Six Vermilion players scored in double digits in the win at Cloquet, and sophomore stalwarts both had double-doubles.
Vermilion also averted a letdown and fought through some injuries in a game played just three days after its dramatic, 111-108 overtime marathon with Central Lakes.
“We’ve got some guys banged up and we had to fight through it,” said Vermilion Head Coach Paul McDonald.
The injuries did nothing to cool the Ironmen’s shooting, as they hit 58 percent from the floor and went nine-for-17 from beyond the three-point arc.
Lewis nailed all four of his three-point shots and finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Mitchell, who averages a double-double, added 20 points and 15 rebounds. He and Lewis combined to shoot 14-for-18 overall and a perfect six-for-six in three-point territory.
Vermilion bolted out to a 64-40 lead by halftime and never looked back against the Thunder, who fell to 1-3 in division play.
Freshman Devontaye Spates came off the bench to score 18 points and nab eight rebounds in 22 minutes of work.
Sophomore guard Denario Jackson, meanwhile, flirted with a quadruple-double, scoring 13 points with nine aassists, eight rebounds and six steals.
Starters Marquail Johnson and Noel Mshihiri also added 10 points each for VCC.
Former Fond du Lac high school star Jordan Diver led the Thunder with 18 points.
The Ironmen lead Central Lakes, Northland and Rainy River by one game in a tight division race.
They met Northland Friday and host Itasca today as part of a weekend homestand, then close out the first half of the division slate Wednesday at Hibbing.