Explosive, tall, and talented Hull Western Christian, trailing 17-13 to the gritty Cherokee Braves after the first quarter, made adjustments on both ends of the court and blew up the turnover-plagued Braves with a 24-4 scoring run in the second period on the way to a 79-42 Lakes Conference boys basketball victory here on Jan. 13th.
Cherokee finished the game with a whopping 25 turnovers, with a handful of those occurring in the last minute of the first half when the Wolfpack (10-0) scored seven points in the final 60 seconds.
Tyler Jones led Cherokee's scoring with 10 points, while Matt Koch added nine, and Kyle Schuck seven, all of those in the first half. Trevor Walterstorf, one of the Wolfpack's many players standing about 6-7, paced HWC with 19 points.
The Braves made 15-39 field goals for 34 percent, and cashed in 6-14 free throws. HWC went to the line 31 times and made 21 free throws.
Brock Dagel led Cherokee rebounding with five, while Schuck, Jones, and Koch each grabbed four against the hot-shooting Wolfpack. Koch led in assists with six, and Jones added four.
"We shot well to start with for the first quarter and a half, then they made adjustments," noted Cherokee first-year coach Bart Smith. "They couldn't man-to-man us on defense so they switched to a 1-3-1 half-court trap to pick up the pace and we didn't handle it very well. Those 25 turnovers killed us. You can't do that against a team like that which usually scores off turnovers.
"They're the real deal. They're pretty good. It was 30-21 and a manageable game with a minute left in the first half and then we had a series of turnovers and they scored seven points in the last minute to take that big halftime lead."
"Schuck did a good job on defense against Wolterstorf. They just get so many opportunities with that (fast-striking) offense and their size."