Balanced scoring for Cherokee, just not enough of it
Beating the Braves to the basket with alarming regularity in the first half, the Falcons took a 16-12 first-quarter lead and ballooned that to 36-25 at halftime. But the Braves came out fighting in the third frame and outscored BCIG 17-10 to forge a 46-42 deficit heading into the final eight minutes. However, the Falcons hit all their shots down the stretch to go on a 23-14 scoring run in the fourth period to claim the win.
Sophomore Cody Ege came off the bench to lead Cherokee with 12 points, whiile junior Tyler Jones added 11, freshman Brock Dagel and sophomore Matt Pitts nine apiece, junior Matt Koch eight, and sophomore Kyle Schuck seven for the extremely youthful Braves.
The Braves sank 24-57 field goals for 42 percent, and cashed in 10-19 free throws. BCIG netted 13-23 free throws.
Schuck led Cheokee on the boards with six rebounds, while Koch had five, and Dagel four.
"Those 20 turnovers were a killer," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs. They scored off them and it was just too hard for us to make up against a good team. "Im happy with our scoring balance but we missed a lot of bunnies inside.
"We're playing better and most of the kids are playing hard, Cody Ege and Matt Pitts cme off the bench and gave us great input. I'm very happy with their play. We're young and we're getting better."