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Braves win. lose in Lakes action

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cherokee's Brock Dagel goes up for a basket during the Braves Lakes Conference win over Spirit Lake. Dagel led the Braves with 19 points. Photo by Reta Todd
Dagel's 19 points lead to win over Indians

The 6-3 Cherokee Braves split two tough Lakes Conference games on Jan. 5 and 6, defeating Spirit Lake 56-47 here on Monday, and falling 54-45 at undefeated Estherville-LC (8-0) on Tuesday.

Brock Dagel led the Cherokee scoring against Spirit Lake with 19 points, while Matt Koch added 14, and Matt Pitts 11. Tyler Solsma led the Indians with 20 points.

Cherokee's Seth Mahnke makes a pass inside during the Braves win over Spirit Lake here on Jan. 5. Photo by Reta Todd
Koch also led the Braves on the boards with five rebounds, while Dagel, Kyle Schuck, and Pitts pocketed four rebounds apiece. Koch registered six assists, and Nick Parker five, as the Braves continued to play without the services of starting guards Tyler Jones (injury), and Cody Ege (illness).

The Braves sank 23-55 field goals in the game for 42 percent, and cashed in 13-20 free throws.

"We started with good intensity, but we couldn't ever pull away. We didn't dictate like we can," said Cherokee coach Bart Smith. "We'd make a run and then they'd make a run. They had an 8-0 run in the third quarter off our silly turnovers and that cost us. But we played with patience and the perimeter guys got the ball inside to Brock Dagel in the second half and that was the difference. Brock had a great game."

Cherokee's Kyle Schuck drives the baseline against a Spirit Lake defender during the Braves victory over the Indians here. Photo by Reta Todd
Cherokee trailed 18-14 at halftime at E-LC and then was outscored by the Midgets 36-31 in the second half to absorb the loss. E-LC went on an 18-8 scoring tear in the third quarter that doomed the Braves.

Koch led Cherokee's scoring with 18 points, and Dagel added 12. Kyle Grems led E-LC with 12 points.

Cherokee made 13-30 field goals for 43 percent, and was outscored by eight points at the free throw line, the Braves cashing in 12-24, and the Midgets 20-36 in the foul-plagued game.

Schuck led Cherokee in rebounds with seven, and Dagel grabbed five. Koch had five steals, and Seth Mahnke tallied four assists to lead that categoy.

"We were flat and had no ontensity," said coach Smith. "I'm really disappointed in how we played. We get some guys back this week so maybe we can get some things changed in practice and be ready to go Friday night at home.

"We're getting away from our identity and not playing defense. Plus, we gave a poor effort in our defensive rebounding. That's got to change."

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