The 10-11 Braves went on a 16-6 scoring run in the third quarter to pull to within six points at 42-36 heading into the final eight minutes, before the 12-9 Knights raced away on a 26-8 run of their own in the final frame to notch the win.
Jakob Hummel carried the scoring load for Cherokee with 18 points, while Brock Dagel and Curtis Ege each tallied 12. All three Braves grabbed five rebounds apiece, and Dagel had two blocked shots, and Hummel two assists.
The Braves made 21-55 field goals for 38 percent, and was 0-6 from the three-point line. Cherokee cashed in 2-8 free throws.
The Knights sank 26-45 shots for a sizzling 58 percent, and netted 13-14 free throws. The winners held a 31-28 advantage on the boards.
"Jakob played one of his best games of the season." said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "He attacked the basket creating offense for himself and his teammates, and did a real nice job of choosing his shots.
"Unity did a nice job of creating tempo with their press, and hitting jumpers when they needed to. I thought we did a nice job of forcing them into turnovers, but we just didn't do a good enough job of capitalizing on them.
"This has been an oustanding group of young men to work with. They have worked hard to improve themselves as individual players and as a team. They have supplied us with many good memories. It is always hard to see seniors leave your program, but we know this group will continue to find success in their lives."
Dagel leaves as the Braves' all-time leader in blocked shots with 261, third in career points with 943, and fifth in career rebounds with 550.