Jones, Moye lead Cherokee scoring
LE MARS - The Cherokee Braves went on a 22-14 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to rally back from a large deficit, before the Le Mars Bulldogs righted the ship and sailed to a 65-59 Lakes Conference win here Tuesday night.
Le Mars led 15-7 after the first quarter, and 29-25 at halftime, before taking off on a 22-12 scoring run in the third frame to take a 51-37 lead into the fourth period.
Tyler Jones led Cherokee's scoring with 18 points, followed by Dillon Moye 14, and Matt Koch and Cody Ege seven apiece.
Tyler Westphal led the Bulldogs with 20 points, including 17 in the second half, while Chance Grady tallied 12.
The Braves sank 19-54 field goals for 35 percent, and Le Mars made 25-61 for 41 percent. Cherokee was 16-22 from the free throw line, and Le Mars 12-17.
Ege paced Cherokee in rebounds with six, and Brock Dagel had five along with six impressive blocks. Jones led the Braves in assists with four, and Ege had three steals.
"We fought back great. They substituted some in the fourth quarter with that big lead and I rotate eight guys and we just kept battling," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs. I'm proud of the guys. They wouldn't quit.
"I liked the way we played over all. We need to touch up a few things, but we're learning to play with each other better and put different combos together. Matt Pitts and Cody Ege did great for us coming off the bench. Cody also played great defense, as did Matt Koch. We ran the floor nice."
The Braves (0-2) host Spencer (3-0) Friday night in a Lakes Conference do-ed doubleheader.