The Braves' loss was Heart-break City, as they withstood the Tigers' initial salvo of draining 6-8 three-pointers in the first half to mount a 33-21 halftime lead.
The Tigers also controlled the defensive boards, limiting Cherokee to a one-and-done scenario on offense throughout the first half.
With several poor passes inside to Cherokee's 6-7 sophomore post Brock Dagel in the first half, the Braves dug a hole they could not crawl out of.
Jones led the offense with 19 points, while Dagel finished with 14, and Nick Parker six. Taylor Chapman led well-coached Spencer with 20 points, and Kyle Fitch added 15.
Dagel led in rebounds with seven, and Koch grabbed six against the steady Tigers who were solid at blocking out on the boards.
Cherokee was victimized by 22 turnovers, a statistic not lost on first-year coach Bart Smith.
"Turnovers are holding this team down," said Smith. "Too many turnovers hurts. We gave a great effort, and had a shot to win it at the end and couldn't pull it off.
"If we limit our turnovers during the game, it doesn't come down to that. The last minute we played exactly how we're supposed to play and didn't get it done. We need to work on and fix the little things. We'd make a nice run and turn it over to keep them in the game."