Entering the Braham gym Tuesday night, Dec. 13, everyone was aware that senior guard Tyler Vaughan was closing in on the state’s all-time three-point shooting record. The Hinckley coach had his top defender shadowing Vaughan, and the Bombers chose to attack the rim early and often.
Needing three ‘3s’ to set the new mark, Vaughan drained his first long-ranger at the 9:48 mark of the first half. The tying shot came five minutes later when Drew Klemz kicked out a pass to the guard on the left wing. Then with 1:41 left in the half, Cameron Braund made a steal and began a break. He found Vaughan all ready upcourt at the arc, got him the ball, and Vaughan swished his 385th three-pointer for the record, breaking the mark Orono’s Jordan Smith set last season.
“I was always small and playing up for travel basketball, so I always had to find a way to score, and that was shooting from far away,” spoke Tyler in between gathering with Grandma Vaughan from Shakopee and more family members after the game. “So I just developed that right away.”
Vaughan joins former Bombers Isaiah Dahlman (scoring) and Noah Dahlman (rebounding) who set all-time Minnesota records in distinct basketball categories.
“This means so much to me. To be down in the record books in the state of Minnesota, to remember this forever and ever, that’s just unbelievable,” he said.
“As an eighth grader, he got to play because honestly we didn’t have upper classmen who were quite ready to play at that time. Tyler was just able to hit ‘3s’– Jonah Dahlman got him the ball back then. As he progressed, he was able to create his own shot, spending countless hours in the gym. And he was rewarded tonight,” spoke Braham Coach Bob Vaughan. “And the way we play, we shoot a lot of ‘3s’ as a team. From our small guys on up, everyone’s shooting the ‘3’ in practice so someday they’re ready to play Braham Basketball.”
Vaughan added one more three-pointer in the second half and finished with 20 points in the 89-37 win over the Jaguars. Anthony Bias scored 22 points off solid defense in the backcourt, and Braund scored 21. Shaun Hollencamp was also defensively active with 5 steals and 11 points. Vaughan and Braund led with 13 and 11 rebounds in the GRC victory.
Braham 85, Orono 75
At Saturday’s Tip-Off Classic in Minnetonka, the Bombers (3-1) held off the defending Class 3A champ Spartans as Vaughan notched the triple-double (28 points/12 assists/10 rebounds). It was a balanced Bomber effort with 14 points from Bias, Braund and Sam Stigen (4-of-6 three-point shooting).
“(Orono Coach) Barry Wohler is one of my best friends, and his son Brady is one of Tyler’s best friends, so that’s why we set up the game. Both teams were determined to win, but, honestly, we probably have more players back than they do. We were able to overcome them in the end– it was a very good game. Cam dominated underneath in the first half, and everybody chipped in,” said Coach Vaughan.