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Basketball Braves take out E-LC

Friday, February 8, 2008

Cherokee's Cody Ege looks for a teammate to pass the ball to in basketball action in Cherokee last week. The Braves played at Lakes Conference foe Estherville-LC on Feb. 1. Photo by Paul Struck
ESTHERVILLE - Trailing 33-31 at halftime, the gritty Cherokee Braves utilized timely baskets from Kyle Schuck and Cody Ege, and a big three-ball from Tyler Jones, to outscore the host Midgets 17-10 in the pivotal third quarter on the way to a hard-earned 58-54 Lakes Conference basketball victory here on Feb. 1.

Schuck led the Braves in scoring with 14 points, while Cody Ege tallied 12, Tyler Jones nine, and Matt Koch nine.

Marcus Stangle paced the Midgets with 13 points, followed by Kyle Grems 12, and Caleb Caboth 11.

The Braves netted 25-43 field goals for a sizzling 58 percent, while E-LC managed 21-56 shots for 38 percent. Cherokee meshed 4-13 free throws, and the Midgets made 10-12.

Schuck led Cherokee on the boards with seven rebounds, while Brock Dagel grabbed four and Koch three. Dagel also had three blocks to remain among the state leaders. Jones also pocketed four assists to lead the Braves.

E-LC led 17-16 after the first quarter after Ege fired in a long three-pointer at the buzzer for Cherokee that seemingly lit the Braves' fire from that point on.

Cherokee coach Trent Coombs credited Keaton Tuttle with a solid effort off the bench and also lauded Ege's defense on Midget scoring leading Matt Gruhelke, who was limited to just seven points in the game.

"We held them off," said a pleaed Coombs. "We've had trouble finishing games we could have won and tonight we finished. I'm proud of the guys and they approach each game thinking they are going to win. That's the only way to be."

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