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Braves roll past South O'Brien

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cherokee's Kristian Freed, foreground, and teammate Curtis Ege battle for a rebound against South O'Brien's Matt DeVos and Ben Wagner (43) during the Braves win in Cherokee Saturday. Photo by Paul Struck
The Cherokee Braves put the defensive clamps on a good South O'Brien team here Saturday night and outscored the visiting Wolverines 32-17 in the second half on the way to a 56-34 non-conference victory.

With South O'Brien's leading scorer Adam Paulsen picking up two quick fouls in the opening minutes, the Wolverines were ripe for the picking by an opportunistic Cherokee club, which shot a sizzling 59 percent in the game after sinking 22-34 two-point field goals, and 4-10 three-pointers. The Braves were an unbelievable 0-9 from the free throw line.

SOS made 12-33 shots for 36 percent and converted 9-14 free throws.

Cherokee's Marc Husman tightens up on defense while South O'Brien's Adam Paulsen (21) dribbles the ball up court during action in Cherokee Saturday night won by the Braves. Photo by Paul Struck
Seth Mahnke cashed in three treys to lead the winning Braves with 16 points, and grabbed eight rebounds and had two blocked shots. Brock Dagel tallied 12 hard-earned points against a gritty 1-3-1 zone defense employed by the Wolverines intent on clogging up the middle against the 6-8 Dagel. Dagel also had eight boards and blocked three shots.

Paulsen still paced the Wolverines with 13 points in his limited minutes, and Chas Biery tossed in 11 points.

The Braves took a 24-17 lead in at halftime and led 42-28 after three periods, before outscoring SOS 14-6 in the final eight minutes.

"This was a good win for us tonight," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "Our defense played very well against a talented offensive team. We identified their shooters and rotated to create traps and challenge shots.

"We did a real good job of choosing good shots on the offensive end. We had patience against their zone defense, and moved the ball to find openings."

The 5-6 Braves play Alta-Aurelia Thursday night in Alta, and host Spencer Friday night.

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