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Torrid Tigers trample Cherokee boys

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A fluid, quick-striking Spencer boys basketball team, scoring with ease on the inside, trampled the Cherokee Braves 71-38 here Tuesday night to open Lakes Conference play for the season.

The Tigers utilized their quickness and passing acumen to torture the Braves time after time with easy layups following nifty, darting drives to the basket.

Cherokee's Eric Wilkie drives the ball to the basket against Spencer defender Michael Gabhart during Lakes Conferenceboys basketball action in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Cherokee inside defensive cause was crippled early in the first quarter when 6-4 Cherokee post Stetson Dagel was whistled for his second foul on an official's botched charge/block call (it wasn't Mike!) and went to the bench for most of the rest of the first half. This allowed the Tigers to turn up the heat inside and score a passel of points to get safe by halftime with a 40-17 lead.

Zac Smith and Eric Wilkie led the Braves offense this night, with Smith scoring 13 points and Wilkie 12. Wilkie also horsed the boards for eight rebounds and dished off two assists and grabbed two steals for a superb outing. Smith had four boards and two blocked shots, and Marc Husman came off the bench to snag eight rebounds.

Matt Finnern paced the balanced Tigers with 13 points, followed by Tanner Morris and Austin Hansen with 12 apiece.

Zac Smith of Cherokee makes a move with the ball to the basket against Spencer defender Kramer Baethke in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee managed just 12-51 field goals for a scant 24 percent, and was 4-12 on three-balls, and 10-19 from the foul line. Spencer was 27-51 for a sizzling 54 percent, and cashed in 15-24 free throws.

"Spencer came in ready to compete tonight and brought the game to us immediately," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "It took our guys a few possessions to get ourselves going, and by that time Spencer had built a lead and gotten quite a bit of confidence.

"Eric Wilkie played his best game to date. He took the ball to the basket aggressively and got the opportunity to shoot many free throws. It seems like he is getting more comfortable out there each game.

"Even though we had a tough loss, we are real proud of the effort our guys put forth. It would have been easy to give up when things started going against us, but our guys kept fighting and working hard to the end."

The Braves (1-2) host #2 Hull Western Christian Friday night, and travel to Holstein Saturday to play Ridge View.

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