The explosive #1 ranked Class 2A Hull Western Christian boys popped a stubborn Cherokee team 82-59 in Lakes Conference basketball action here Tuesday night.
Cherokee had difficulty defending 6-5 all-stater Tyler Wolterstorf, who led all scorers with 26 points, scoring almost at will inside. Dylan Moss tallied 14 for the 15-1 Wolfpack.
Brock Dagel made his 6-8 inside presence known for the Braves, leading the way with 18 points, while Curtis Ege totaled 14 points off the bench, and Seth Mahnke 13. Ege also led in rebounds with six, Mahnke had five, and Dagel pocketed three.
The towering Wolfpack, featuring a 6-10, 6-8, 6-7 back line, along with the 6-5 Wolterstorf, dominated the boards 39-26.
"The offensive boards made a huge difference," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "We did a good job in our half court defense of pushing them to the spots we wanted, challenging their shooters, and forcing double teams. Unfortunately, we forgot to box out and gave up 20 offensive rebounds. A team as good as HWC will always capitalize on a mistake like that, which is exactly what they did.
"We are real proud of how our guys competed. We attacked their zone, worked to get good shots, and didn't get rattled by their press. Even though this game ended as a loss, it was a step in the right direction as we strive to be playing our best basketball by the time District Tournaments roll around."
The 7-8 Braves host Spirit Lake tonight.