SPIRIT LAKE - Cory Ege's superb 25-point scoring effort and 17 rebounds for a sparkling double-double performance was not enough for the Cherokee Braves basketball team here Friday night, as Spirit Lake doused the Braves flames 68-51 in Lakes Conference boys basketball action here Friday.
Spirit Lake's sharp-shooting senior Syd Berquist lit up the Braves with a game-high 30 points, includig five three-pointers for half his total. Craig Carlson added eight for the Indians, and Michael Boothby chipped in with nine points for Cherokee.
The Braves sank 17-43 field goals for 40 percent, including an icy 2-14 effort from the three-point line. Spirit Lake cashed in 18-34 shots for a sizzling 59 percent, including a torrid 6-7 effort in three-balls.
The Braves netted 15-19 free throws, and the Indians were 14-25 from the line.
"We had the score at 22-19 in the second quarter and from then on we let it slip away," said Cherokee assistant coach Travis Schueller who filled in for head coach Trent Coombs, who missed the game due to illness.
The Indians led 17-10 after one quarter, and 32-23 at halftime, before taking a 45-35 bulge into the final frame.
Ege also led Cherokee in steals with five, and Josh Mugge tallied five assists.
"We had some chances but just couldn't deliver when we need to," added Schueller. "We were in Berquist's face and he still made the three-pointers. He was hot. We switched from man to zone and back again and his shots just went down."
Schuller credited Chris Campbell with some solid play off the bench.