Cherokee loses late lead to falter, 44-41
EMMETSBURG - The Cherokee Braves opened the new basketball season here Friday night Nov. 30, dropping a defensive struggle 44-41 to Emmetsburg, after taking a 33-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
The slow-paced game saw the E-Hawks eke to a 9-7 lead after the first frame, trail 23-20 at halftime, and 33-30 after three periods, before outscoring Cherokee 14-8 in the final stanza.
The Braves' 6-6 freshman post Brock Dagel led his team's scoring with 10 points, and also grabbed eight repounds and blocked a shot. Tyler Jones and Matt Koch tallied eight points apiece as the Braves just could get nothing going offensively much of the night.
Kyle Schuck led Cherokee on the boards with 10 rebounds, while Jones led in assists with five, and Cody Ege managed three steals.
Cherokee sank 15-40 field goals for 38 percent, and cashed in 9-16 free throws, compared to Emmetsburg's 7-16 effort from the line.
Brett Wollum led the E-Hawk scoring with 10 points.
"As I study the tape, I see we had too many turnovers (22) that really hurt us and stopped any scoring rallies," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs. "But we can fix that in practice. We ran the floor nice but didn't do a very good job of getting the ball inside to Brock more in the second half."