PAULLINA - The South O'Brien boys swished six three-pointers at crucial times in the second half, and then outscored the Braves 24-11 in the fourth quarter to record a 64-42 non-conference boys basketball victory here on Jan. 12.
The host Wolverines led 18-10 after the first period, and took a 24-18 halftime bulge, before leading 40-31 heading into the final eight minutes.
Jared Syndergaard led the balanced SOS club in scoring with 15 points, while Nic Faust added 14, and Andy Puhrmann 13.
Tyler Jones led Cherokee with 12 points, followed by Cody Ege eight, Brock Dagel six, and Matt Koch six.
Cherokee hit a woeful 3-17 three-pointers in the game and finished with a 13-34 effort on field goals for a cold 31 percent. SOS netted 18-42 shots for 43 percent, including nine three-balls for the night.
The Braves sank 6-11 free throws, while the home team was 16-21 from the line. Kyle Schuck led Cherokee in rebounds with six, and Koch snagged five. Dagel managed three blocked shots in the game.
"Cold shooting is our downfall," said Cherokee coach Trent Coombs. "We just can't put the ball in the hole. We shoot well in practice, but when it's game time, it's a different deal.
"We're averaging just 49 points per game and you won't win in the Lakes Conference doing that. It seems we're playing catch-up all the time and that takes a toll.
"It was a rough game and Dagel (6-6 freshman) got worked over inside. Several times he was thrown to the floor and there were no calls. It's all something we need to overcome."