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Braves handle Ridge View, 53-36

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cherokee post Brock Dagel (45) battles for the ball with Ridge View's Chris Bondinello while Cherokee teammates Cody Ege, left, and Jakob Hummel (25) stand by to help out in Holstein Saturday night. Photo by Reta Todd
HOLSTEIN - The improving Cherokee Braves broke away from a tense 20-17 halftime lead on the way to a resounding 53-36 victory over Ridge View in non-conference boys basketball action here Saturday night.

The Braves employed a stifling pressure defense to turn the tide in the second half, outscoring the Raptors 33-18, including a 17-11 scoring differential in the third period.

Cherokee sank 22-59 field goals for a cool 37 percent, including a 2-9 effort from the three-point arc. The Braves meshed 11-27 free throws for a poor 41 percent effort.

Ridge View's Isaiah Miller fires a jump shot over the outstretched hands of Cherokee defenders Brock Dagel (45) and Cody Ege (13) in action Saturday in Holstein won by the Braves. Photo by Reta Todd
Ridge View made 11-40 field goals for a frigid 28 percent, and cashed in 9-14 free throws.

Matt Pitts led Cherokee's scoring with 12 points, while Brock Dagel added 10, and Kyle Schuck seven. Dagel racked up another double-double with 11 rebounds, and Schuck snagged 10. Dagel also had four blocked shots, and Pitts led in assists with four.

Isaiah Miller led the Raptors with 19 points, and Christian Bindinello tallied 11.

"We struggled a little offensively tonight, but we felt like our defense really stepped up and played well, especially in the third quarter," said Cherokee first-year coach Bob Lee, who has the Braves off to a 4-1 start.

"We were able to get off to a good start in the third and move it from a three-point lead within the first three minutes of the quarter. Ridge View played with a lot of energy and never gave up."

Raptors Coach Shannon Tesch said he was happy with his team's effort and intensity, but felt their "composure could have been better," adding that that is one area on which the team will need to work. Ridge Vieww is now 2-3 on the season.

The Braves play at Spirit Lake Friday and then enter the holiday break, resuming action Jan. 5 at Estherville-LC.

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