Another 2K shooter at Braham

Tyler Vaughan reaches 2,000-point scoring mark in win at Pine City Jan. 4

Greg Hunt

Junior Tyler Vaughan became the third Braham boys player to surpass the 2,000-point career mark when the Bombers defeated host Pine City 81-35 on Jan. 4.

Tyler Vaughan worked against the Pierz defense on Thursday in the Crusader Classic. Tuesday night, he eclipsed the 2K scoring mark at Pine City (Photos by Greg Hunt)

In the second half, Ben Thiry made a steal then fed Vaughan for a three-pointer which had him reaching the scoring milestone. He joins Isaiah Dahlman (3,366 points) and Noah Dahlman (2,413 points) in that exclusive club for the Bombers.

Vaughan finished with 27 points, hitting 11-of-17 shots from the field, and doubled up with 10 rebounds. He also had 8 assists and 5 steals in the game the Bombers led 45-20 at the half.

Thiry was a hot 4-for-5 from the arc and finished with 19 points for Braham. Cameron Braund scored 12 and Erik Vavra added 10 points in the Bombers’ balanced offense. Kyle Grell also chipped in 8 points.

The Braham defense forced 21 PC turnovers and allowed just three free throws in the game.

Bombers 5th  at Crusader tourney
In the Dec. 30 consolation championship of the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusader Classic tourney, Braham held off the taller Pioneers (3-5) in a tight 64-58 battle pitting the former subsection partners against each other.

“We hit a little run in the second half to get up 58-52. We missed some key free throws down the stretch but basically held on,” said Braham Coach Bob Vaughan. “We have to get better on defense and rebounding to compete at the top levels.”

T. Vaughan was called for three quick fouls in the first half and had to sit, but the Bombers, led by Thiry outside (below) and Braund inside, took a 28-27 lead into the break.

Mandan, ND won the tourney, beating Melrose in the championship.

In the Dec. 28 opening round of the Crusader Classic, Concordia Academy handed Braham its first loss of the season 75-74 on a last-second hustle play. Vaughan scored 38 points for the Bombers. Leading the Beacons (5-4) were Cutler Finnegan (19 points) and Shane Taylor (16 points).

Braham advanced to the consolation finals in the Classic by defeating Sauk Rapids 73-61 Dec. 29. Vaughan scored 27 for the Bombers, followed by Thiry (16), Braund (10), Drew Klemz (6) and Vavra (6).

GRC Boys Basketball
Braham 2-0, 7-1; East Central 4-0, 6-2; Rush City 3-0, 5-2; Isle 2-1, 4-3; Pine City 2-3, 2-4; Aitkin 2-2, 3-5; Hinckley-Fin. 2-3, 2-3; Onamia 0-3, 1-6; Ogilvie 0-5, 0-5.