PAULLINA - Taken to the wall Friday night in a thrilling come-from-behind 64-53 overtime win over Lakes Conference arch-rival Storm Lake, the Cherokee Braves lacked energy and focus here Saturday night, on the way to a 46-41 loss to the talented South O'Brien boys.
The Braves are now 9-3 this season, while the Wolverines move their record to 8-3.
The game see-sawed throughout, with Cherokee leading 7-5 after the first quarter, and trailing 21-16 at halftime. The teams were knotted at 29-29 heading into the final period, with the hustling Wolverines outscoring the Braves 17-12 to claim the win.
Kyle Schuck paced Cherokee on the boards with nine rebounds, and Pitts snagged three. Dagel registered three blocked shots, and Schuck had two.
The Braves sank just 16-53 field goals for a cold 30 percent, including a 4-16 effort from the three-point line. The Braves were 5-8 from the foul line.
SOS meshed 13-37 shots for 35 percent, and netted a whopping 17-24 free throws.
"We played very tired tonight," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "We used up a lot of energy physically and mentally the night before in our Storm Lake game, and we had trouble getting up to speed against a very good South O'Brien team.
"We stayed close through most of the game and made an attempt to catch up during the last minute, but South O'Brien hit some clutch free throws to seal the win."
The Braves play at dangerous Spencer Friday night, and host Alta here Saturday night.