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Braves defense stymies SB-L boys

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cherokee's Jakob Hummel (with ball) looks inside to teammate Kyle Schuck during the Braves recent basketball action against Storm Lake. Carson Anderson (20) of Storm Lake guards Hummel. Cherokee's Nick Parker (31) watches the action in background. The Braves beat Sergeant Bluff-Luton Saturday night. Photo by Paul Struck
SERGEANT BLUFF - Brock Dagel, a 6-7 junior post, rang up a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cherokee Braves to a resounding 54-34 non-conference victory over Sergeant Bluff-Luton here Saturday night.

Cherokee led 18-6 after the first quarter, expanded that to 28-12 at halftime, and led 39-21 after three frames before sealing the deal by a 20-point margin in the fourth period.

The Braves sank 19-44 field goals for 43 percent, including a chilly 5-15 from the three-point line. Cherokee meshed 11-20 free throws.

The host Warriors made just eight field goals in the game against the Braves' hustling defense, with half of their points coming from the free throw line in a 17-26 effort.

That one-and-done offensive effort by SB-L is a tribute to the Braves' rebounding prowress this night, as the team totaled 42 boards, including 33 defensive rebounds. Leading the way in that category were Dagel's 13, Kyle Schuck's 10, and Cody Ege's eight.

Ege also chipped in 10 points, Matt Pitts eight, and Schuck six for the Cherokee cause. Ege led the winners in stea,s with four, and assists with five. Dagel also recorded three blocked shots.

Derek Hensen and Jack Wimmer led the meager Warrior offense with six points apiece.

"Sergeant Bluff-Luton did a good job of slowing down our offense," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "They limited our shots and really made us work hard to get our points.

"We were pleased how the guys worked together to get us the win. We had guys stepping up on defense, grabbing rebounds, and making the extra pass. This is a good win against a team that will probably have a pretty good season."

The 2-1 Braves travel to Holstein Saturday night to take on the Ridge View Raptors, game times to be announced.

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