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Braves fall to SB-L in final seconds

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cherokee's 6-8 Brock Dagel, right, plays tough defense on Sergeant Bluff-Luton's 6-5 Cole Croston during boys basketball action in Cherokee Saturday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Cherokee Braves' inability to defend Sergeant Bluff-Luton's chunky 6-2 senior forward Spencer Kleve with the game on the line brought heartbreak to a valiant effort by the home team here Saturday night in a 62-60 last-second loss to the Warriors.

The aggressive Kleve slithered his way in and around Cherokee defenders for three crucial inside baskets in the closing minutes, including the game winner in the final seconds.

Kleve's buckets negated a superb effort by Cherokee senior guard Jakob Hummel, who led all players with 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The Braves positioned themselves for a downfall with a sluggish beginning and trailed 43-32 at halftime, before coming out with fervor in the third period to outscore the Warriors 16-8 and close the gap to 51-48 after three quarters.

Jake Spindler of Cherokee drives the ball up court during the Braves non-conference tussle with Sergeant Bluff-Luton in Cherokee Saturday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee battled hard to take a six-point lead at 56-50 late in the final frame, before a series of missed shots and free throws, and two Kleve baskets and a big three-ball by SB-L guard Josh Peterson knotted the game at 60-60 with about one minute to play.

However, the Braves play after a timeout with Hummel driving the middle was foiled and Kleve potted the winning basket on the Warriors' final possession. The Braves raced up court with about eight seconds left to play but was denied.

It took a while for the Braves to adjust to the Warriors' punkball tactics, with the three slow-moving officials inexplicably reluctant or disinterested in calling flagrant fouls when they ocurred. On three occasions the Warriors undercut a Cherokee player going in for a lay-up, with guards Hummel and Jake Spindler taking hard spills on their backs at full speed after their legs were cut out under them - the dirtiest play in basketball. On a couple other occasions Warrior players responded to foul calls with angry animation against the official that would warrant immediate technical fouls in every other gym in America. No whistle.

Curtis Ege tallied 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in another stellar performance off the bench for Cherokee, Kristian Freed scored eight points and pocketed seven rebounds, and Seth Mahnke eight points and six boards.

Brock Dagel, Cherokee's 6-7, 250-pound senior post, set up on offense at the top of the key all night and was bottled up by the physical Warriors. He finished with six points and fought foul trouble after being whistled for his third late in the second quarter on a phantom call inside by a trailing perimeter official who unfortunately brought his whistle to the game with him. Dagel scored 25 points and snagged 18 rebounds in the Braves win over Manson NW Webster two nights earlier.

Logan Shine, who went after Ege and had to be held back by teammates after an innocent foul committed by Ege, again escaped any disciplinary action from the Sioux City officials and, along with Kleve, led SB-L with 16 points.

Cherokee netted 23-50 field goals for 46 percent, and was a poor 14-31 from the free throw line.

SB-L sank 24-52 field goals for 46 percent, and was 9-16 from the foul line. The Warriors made 5-10 three-pointers.

"We didn't start the game aggressively enough," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "Sergeant Bluff-Luton came out real aggressive and attacked us early with their zone defense. We had a few nonchalant passes that they stole and we had nine first-halt turnovers that put us in a hole.

"We're real proud of the way our guys regrouped after halftime and came out with a lot of focus and intensity the second half. I thought our defense really made a statement in the third quarter by only giving up eight points."

The Braves play at Spencer Friday night, and host Ridge View Saturday night.

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-- Posted by fan sports on Wed, Dec 8, 2010, at 10:04 PM

I am wondering where Mr. Struck went to college at? I have never read anyone ever using the word "chunky" to describe someone in a sports article..What does Spencer's size have to do with him running, or as Mr. Struck put it "slithered" his way around the Cherokee team. I also have never heard a journelist use the term "punkball". Sounds like bad sportmanship on Mr. Struck's part. I hope that when or if you write about the girls basketball teams that you do not use the term"chunky". I am just glad that my son has a wonderful sence of humor and laughed at this article.

-- Posted by mkleve on Wed, Dec 8, 2010, at 10:55 PM

This article is a disgrace. What kind of professional would write something like this, let alone post it for public viewing. I suggest that Mr. Struck's family get him a Thesaurus for Christmas because clearly he needs help finding more mature words to use in his writing. PATHETIC!

-- Posted by sblbasketball3 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 9:49 AM

It is pretty sad and low to have to trash talk a high school basketball team's players. I think the only way this article would have been fairly written was if the home team would have won. So on that note, I think it's time for you to find a new job Mr. Struck as I don't believe an editor should be writing articles as demeaning as this one. Such a sad soul you must be.

-- Posted by kris0492 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 10:28 AM

As a graduate of WHS in Cherokee, and someone who now has two daughters who attend Sergeant Bluff HS, I'm really ashamed of the so-called editor of this newspaper. I Find it very ironic that the instructions given to write in this "Comment Box" on your website say to "Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic." You failed at both of these. Really, Mr. Struck? Perhaps you should consider these things when writing your next article.

-- Posted by timjohn81 on Fri, Dec 10, 2010, at 8:35 AM

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