The Cherokee Braves led at all the stops to eke out a hard-fought 60-52 Lakes Confernce boys basketball win over pesky Spencer here Friday night.
Brock Dagel utilized his size (6-8, 255) and abilities inside to lead Cherokee with 19 points, nine rebounds, and five blocked shots. Curtis Ege came off the bench to tally 16 points and pocket five rebounds, Seth Mahnke scored nine points and snagged five boards, and Jakob Hummel had six points and seven rebounds, plus four assists.
Alex Hyde and Jay Monohan led Spencer's scoring with 13 points apiece.
The Braves led 16-11 after one quarter, carried a 27-23 bulge in at halftime, and led 41-38 heading into the final period.
"It's nice to play on back to back nights and pick up wins in both games," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. The Braves beat Alta-Aurelia in Aurelia Thursday night. "Brock Dagel had another big game for us tonight on both ends of the court.
"We feel like our defense has really been improving the last couple weeks. We are communicating with each other better, identifying shooters, and causing more traps."
The Cherokee teams host Spirit Lake here Friday night in Lakes Conference action.