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#2 HWC handles Cherokee boys

Monday, December 12, 2011

The second-rated Class 2A Hull Western Christian boys stormed from a 27-20 halftime lead with a 20-7 scoring tear in the third quarter to subdue the hustling Cherokee Braves in a decisive 73-31 Lakes Conference rout here Friday night.

Cherokee's Marc Husman controls the ball while driving to the basket against Hull Western Christian defender Kyle Fopma in Lakes Conference basketball in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves managed just 11 second-half points against the tough full-court and half-court defensive pressure applied by the tall Wolfpack, limiting Cherokee to a scant four points in the final period.

Eric Wilkie paced Cherokee's meager scoring effort with eight points, while Stetson Dagel added six, and Marc Husman and Zac Smith five apiece.

Mike DenHerder, a 6-4 forward, and Brady Bootsma, a 6-6 forward, led the quick-striking Wolfpack with 17 points each, as HWC coach Jim Eekhoff as usual substituted three-man units frequently throughout for the deep Wolfpack squad.

Cherokee senior guard Jake Spindler drives the ball inside against a Hull Western Christian defender in basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves managed just 11-42 in field goals for a frigid 26 percent, including 2-11 three-balls. Cherokee was 7-10 from the free throw line.

HWC made 26-65 field goals for 40 percent, including 8-15 three=balls. The Wolfpack converted 13-22 free throws.

Jake Spindler led Cherokee rebounders with six, and Eric Wilkie grabbed five. Adam Pitts had three steals for the Braves.

"We played with them in the first half and then that big third quarter got us," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "We can play with them, although tonight's score doesn't show that. Our turnovers really caight up with us in the second half and they capitalized on them and blew it out.

Cherokee's Stetson Dagel works the ball inside against Hull Western Christian defender JD Boer during Lakes Conference basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
"We had a 5-minute scoring drought in the third period that did us in. Our shots wouldn't fall and their defensive pressure got to us. We played hard. I can never fault our effort. I'll take these guys into battle anytime."

The 1-3 Braves play at Spirit Lake Tuesday, and at Estherville-LC Friday before the holiday break.

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