Utilizing their tough full-court defensive pressure and their many skilled, tall players gleaned by their wide-spread matriculation methods, the Wolfpack quickly turned this game into a rout, forcing the new boys continuous clock mercy rule (35 point lead) by taking a 47-8 halftime lead.
With the clock running non-stop in the second half, the Braves outscored the Wolfpack 13-8 in the third quarter, before HWC went on a 13-3 scoring advantage in the final fleeting fourth quarter for the 44-point victory.
Seth Mahnke led the meager Cherokee output with 10 points, and Jakob Hummel scored five. Mahnke had six rebounds, and Hummel snagged three.
Tyler Wolterstorf led HWC with 20 points, while Matt Westra, Dylan Moss, and David DenHerder each tallied eight.
"Hull showed us why they are the #1 team in the state," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "They played a very good team game, with 11 of their 14 players scoring in the game. We made many mistakes against their zone early, and dug ourselves a hole, and then got a little panicked and went away from our game plan.
"It was a positive sign to see our guys come out in the third quarter, execute the adjustments we talked about at half-time, and outscore them 13-8 in that quarter while they were still playing their starters for a bulk of the time."
The 2-3 Braves host Ridge View tonight in a weather makeup from last Saturday, and travel to Spirit Lake Friday night before entering the holiday break.