Ege's 18 lead Cherokee's effort
Try as they may, the hard-working Cherokee Braves could not overcome the stiff challenge the 8th-ranked Sheldon Orabs put before them here Friday night, ultimately falling 61-43 in Lakes Conference boys basketball action.
Trailing 18-14 after one quarter, Cherokee withstood a 17-8 Orab scoring advantage in the second period with a 12-10 scoring deficit in the third frame to trail 47-32. However, Sheldon went on a 14-11 scoring run in the final quarter to win it going away.
Cory Ege led the Braves with 18 points, followed by Tyler Jones 11, and Evan Meyer seven. Stephen Kirschbaum, a 6-5 all-stater paced Sheldon with 20 points, despite being shut down in the first half by a superb man-to-man defensive effort by Ege. David Doely added 10 for the winners.
The Braves went scoreless the final two minutes of the second quarter to give the Orabs that break-away 15-point halftime lead.
Cherokee sank 17-37 field goals for 46 percent, including a poor 3-11 effort from three-point land. Sheldon made 25-54 shots for 46 percent, and was 2-11 in three-balls. The Orabs were 10-13 from the free throw line, and Cherokee was 6-11.
The Braves cut the Sheldon lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter, but then went into a 3:00 scoring drought which shut the book on the game.
"I'm happy the way we played against a tough team," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs. "We're one step closer playing the caliber ball we want to and need to play. We had a couple spurts with mental errors when we did not score and they took advantage.
"We're headed in the right direction and I think the 'want' is back. We need a little more discipline on the court and to get our offense on track."
The 2-8 Braves host traditional Lakes power Hull Western Christian Tuesday.