Ege's 30 points, 13 boards lead Cherokee
Cory Ege scored 30 points and the Cherokee Braves displayed superb team play on the way to an exicitng 63-52 Lakes Conference boys basketball victory over Spirit Lake here Tuesday night.
Michael Boothby added nine points for the Braves, while Evan Meyer and Chris Campbell tallied six apiece to boost Cherokee to its first win of the season against five losses.
Cherokee book-ended first and fourth quarter scoring runs leading to the win, including a 19-10 tear in the first frame, and an 18-10 run to close out the game.
The Braves sank 23-54 field goals for 43 percent, including a dismal 0-9 effort from the three-point line. The Indians made 18-48 shots for 38 percent. Cherokee canned 17-20 free throws, and Spirit Lake hit 13-23.
Ege pulled off a double-double night, also leading the winners in rebounds with 13. Meyer grabbed four boards.
Syd Berquist led the Indians with 13 points, and Craig Carlon added 11.
The Braves totaled 19 assists in the game, "Which showed they really played together as a team," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs, pleased to see his squad get off the schneid. Michael Boothby dished off seven assists to lead the way, and Josh Mugge added four.
Cherokee's 6-6 sophomore center Keaton Tuttle saw his first extended varsity action by starting for the first time and played great, according to Coombs. "He scored our first basket and really got us going," said Coombs.
"Cory is very hard to stop when he gets room to make his moves on the baseline and in taking it to the hole. He was up-tempo all night and our team fed off it. I can see the 'want' in the kids' eyes again. You need that the whole game to win in the Lakes Conference."
Coombs also credited Campbell, Mugge, and Matt Koch with superlative efforts off the bench at both ends of the court.
The Braves play at Storm Lake Friday night.