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Braves get by E-LC Midgets

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ESTHERVILLE - Cherokee's Braves outscored Estherville-LC 32-19 in the second half to pull out a 56-44 Lakes Conference boys basketball victory here Saturday night in a weather makeup game.

Cherokee's Jakob Hummel dribbles the ball past Spirit Lake defenders as teammate Brock Dagel sets up for a possible pass during the Braves victory over the Indians last week in Cherokee. Cherokee beat Estherville-LC in Estherville Saturday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee trailed 25-24 at halftime and again had trouble trying to defend slick Midget guard Tyler Lutz, who scored a game-high 27 points to keep the E-LC boys in the game throughout. Lutz, a 6-0 senior, torched the Braves in Cherokeee Jan. 4 with 34 points, with the Braves hanging on to escape with a 68-61 home win.

Jake Spindler paced Cherokee's scoring effort Saturday night, totaling 13 points, while Brock Dagel had 12 and Jakob Hummel six. Dagel also grabbed 10 rebounds for another double-double performance, and Hummel snagged 11 rebounds and dished off five assists. Dagel had three blocked shots.

The Braves sank 21-49 field goals for 43 percent, and was 8-14 from the free throw line. E-LC made 17-40 shots for 43 percent and cashed in 4-11 free throws.

"We felt like our conditioning and composure made a big difference in this game," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "It was a tight battle back and forth in the first half, but we were able to start to pull away in the third quarter by making each possession count and really forcing them to work hard to get baskets. We played one of our best fourth quarters to seal the win.

"We had another big night on the boards. Brock and Jakob both went for double digits in rebounds, and Kristian Freed was right behind them with nine. This helped us to limit their shot opportunities, and gave us quite a few second looks."

The 9-9 Braves play at Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Friday night in a non-conference weather makeup, and begin Class 2A District Tournament action Monday night at Orange City Unity Christian.

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