The Spencer Tigers outscored the Cherokee Braves 38-19 in the second and third quarters to take control of a game that was highly competitive in the first and fourth periods, and claimed a 73-51 Lakes Conference here Friday night.
Both teams had balanced scoring, but the Tigers shot lights out from the perimeter throughout to land four players in double figures while shooting a scalding 48 percent from the field, including 9-16 from the three-point line.
Cory Ege, the focus of Spencer's notorious and stifling half-court pressure defense, led the Braves with 21 hard-earned points, while Matt Koch tallied 11, and Michael Boothby 10.
Brent Green led the Tigers scoring with 15 points, followed by Kyle Fitch 13, JJ Nair 12, and Nolan Goeken 10.
Cherokee made 17-45 field goals for 38 percent and was 2-9 for three-balls. Spencer sank 24-50 shots for 48 percent, including that torrid 9-16 for threes.
The Braves betted 17-23 free throws, and the Tigers were 14-25 from the line.
Ege also led Cherokee on the boards with seven, and in steals with four. Tyler Jones led in assists with five. Josh Mugge also grabbed five rebounds.
The Cherokee cause was stymied with the absence of senior post Evan Meyer who is out with an injury. That left 6-6 sophomore Keaton Tuttle the lone post presence for the Braves against the taller Tigers. On top of that, Spencer was hot from the perimeter.
"Over all we played an all right game," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs. "They shot lights out. Our plan was to limit their drives to the basket, which we did, but then they lit it up from the outside. Their size advantage overall was a factor in the outcome.
"Tuttle and Chris Campbell had great efforts off the bench. Now, we just need to heal and get ready for Spirit Lake (there, Friday). We have some kids playing sick."