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Braves overcome E-LC, 57-43

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cherokee's Nick Parker skies for a lay-up off a steal, while Estherville-LC defender Keith Fandel catches up too late in action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Balanced scoring and a sticky, mind-over-matter defense led the Cherokee Braves to an exciting 57-43 conquest of a good Estherville-LC basketball team here on Feb. 6.

The Braves battled to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter, saw that narrowed to 23-20 at halftime, and built it back up to a 42-32 bulge after three periods, before outscoring the Midgets 15-11 in the final frame to grab the Lakes Conference victory and avenge a narrow loss at E-LC in December.

Tyler Jones hit some big three-balls at critical times to lead the Braves with 14 points, while Matt Koch added 10, Nick Parker 10, Matt Pitts eight,

Cherokee's Tyler Jones fires up a baseline jumper against Estherville-LC defender Keith Fandel, while teammate Brock Dagel moves into rebounding position against E-LC's Kyle Grems during the Braves big win here on Feb. 6. Photo by Paul Struck
Kyle Schuck six, Brock Dagel five, and Cody Ege four. Dylan Sievert paced E-LC with 21 points.

The Braves sank 20-45 field goals for 44 percent, and were 7-14 for three-balls for a warm 50 percent. Cherokee meshed 10-16 free throws, and the Midgets were 12-21 from the line.

Koch and Dagel led the winners in assists with four each, and Parker led in steals with three. Koch led in rebounds with nine, and Kyle Schuck grabbed seven.

Cherokee coach Bart Smith also lauded the play of Pitts and Ege off the bench, along with sophomore Seth Mahnke, who turned in solid minutes as Schuck and Dagel battled through foul trouble the entire second half.

"Once again we reliled on our defense and got the win," said a pleased Smith. "They packed it in and pretty much took the middle away from us, but our perimter shooting was good for the most part.

"We're really sharing the ball well and recognizing each other's strength on the floor and when they're positioned well we get them the ball. We onlly had eight turnover so we're protecting the ball and running our offense. They beat us on the boards, so we'll work on that, but over all I like the way we played."

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