Bulldogs' sizzle from the field for victory
LE MARS - A good Le Mars boys basketball team shot a sizzling 58 percent from the field and had two leading players score 55 points between them to rock the Cherokee Braves 82-56 in Lakes Conference action here Tuesday.
The high-powered Bulldogs, who the young Braves took to the wall before losing a tight game in Cherokee on December 8, limited the Braves' offense by keying defensively on scoring leader Cory Ege, and pushing the ball upcourt for some easy transition baskets.
Tyler Jones led the skimpy Cherokee scoring with 11 points, while Ege managed 10, and Michael Boothby nine.
Meanwhile, All-Stater Jared Clement fueled the Bulldog fire with 34 points, and Brian Borchers notched 21.
Cherokee sank 20-45 field goals for 44 percent, including a 5-14 effort from the three-point arc, and Le Mars dropped 31-53 shots for 58 percent. The Braves were 11-19 from the free throw line, and the hosts made 15-18.
Keaton Tuttle, a 6-6 sophomore post, came off the bench in the second half to tally six points and help lead a small Braves' resurgence in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs led 14-7 after one period, and 39-17 at halftime, before leading 57-35 heading into the last eight minutes.
Cherokee played without starting senior post Evan Meyer, who broke an ankle while sledding over the weekend.
"Actually, we played a good game," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs. "Le Mars is very talented and ran the floor well and shot lights out. But we didn't give up and kept plugging. Despite the score, we played better team ball and this team continues to battle.
"They doubled on Cory when he took it to the basket and worked him over pretty good whenever he had the ball. He got a little frustrated because they (officials) wouldn't call anything. We also didn't have an answer for Clement."
The Braves host tough Spencer Friday night in another rugged Lakes Conference assisgnment.