EMMETSBURG - The Cherokee Braves overcame some shaky officiating and a tough Lakes Conference opponent on the road to record a 62-48 win over Emmetsburg here on Jan. 16t, thanks to a resounding 23-12 scoring tear in the final eight minutes.
Senior guard Tyler Jones, rounding back into shape after missing three weeks with a broken wrist, led the Braves with 17 points, while sophomore post Brock Dagel added 14, Matt Koch and Matt Pitts seven each, and Kyle Schuck and Cody Ege six apiece.
Langston Jones led the host E-Hawks with 15 points.
With some ticky-tack officiating perplexing both teams throughout, there were a whopping 50 foul shots attempted, with Cherokee sinking 16-28, and Emmetsburg 15-22. The host E-Hawks were whistled 25 times, and the Braves 20.
Cherokee finished the game netting 21-45 field goals for a warm 47 percent.
Schuck led the Braves in rebounding with seven, followed by Jones with five, and Koch with four. Jones also led the winners in assists with four, and Pitts, Ege, and Nick Parker pocketed three apiece.
The Braves led 14-9 after one quarter, 28-20 at halftime, and led just 39-36 after three periods, before they kicked it in for that fourth-quarter run that sealed the deal.
"We started slow and let the refs' (calls) dictate," said Cherokee coach Bart Smith. "We finally figured it out near the end of the third quarter when Emmetsburg made their run and we picked it up in the fourth quarter.
"It was really frustrating. The calls made it hard to play the game. There was no flow. But we battled through it and it's good to get the win."