Boothby, Ege, Jones lead Cherokee scoring
The Cherokee Braves capped a superb week of Lakes Conference basketball by picking off their second victory in a row, this one an exciting 57-49 win over Estherville-LC here friday night.
That big win came on the heels of a thrilling overtime win over Storm Lake on Tuesday night and brought the battling Braves season record to 5-14.
With Michael Boothby scoring half of his team-high 18 points in the first quarter, the Braves led 13-11 after one quarter and 29-25 at halftime, and eked out a 41-37 bulge heading into the final frame.
Behind Boothby's 18 points, came Cory Ege's 14, and Tyler Jones with 13. Matt Gruhlke led the Midgets with 12 points, and Marcus Stangl added 10.
Cherokee sank 18-43 field goals for 42 percent, while E-LC made 16-50 shots for 32 percent. The winning Braves netted 19-31 free throws, and the Midgets meshed 14-21.
Jones, Boothby, and Josh Mugge led Cherokee in assists with five apiece.
"We're playing with more confidence. I have a good feeling for this team," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs. "Our record is a disappointment, but I like the way we're playing basketball. You must give our kids a lot of credit. They play hard and never give up, despite our record.
"We got another great game off the bench from Matt Koch and Chris Campbell. And Keaton Tuttle gave us some good minutes. He's only going to get better each time out," said Coombs of his 6-6 sophomore post. "We pulled it off down the stretch."
The Braves have their hands full this week, finishing regular season play with games at Lakes top-tier teams, Sheldon on Tuesday, and Hull Western Christian on Friday.