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Missed free throws haunt Braves

Monday, January 9, 2012

Cherokee's Lane Peterson (52) breaks to a loose ball as Storm Lake's Nick Seaman (15) and Cole Anderson, right, react on the play in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The 9-3 Storm Lake boys played as billed here Friday night, taking advantage of the 2-7 Braves horrible free throw shooting to log a 72-44 Lakes Conference basketball win.

The Braves sank 19-47 field goals for a livable 40 percent, including 4-12 three-pointers, but were dismal at the free throw line, cashing in an embarrassing 2-24. The Braves were 2-16 from the foul line in the first half, and 0-8 in the second half.

Storm Lake made 32-62 field goals for a sizzling 62 percent, and was 2-7 from the three-point arc. The Tornadoes also were no great shakes from the free throw line, sinking 6-20.

Cherokee's Nathaniel Morgan posts up and calls for the ball against a Storm Lake defender during Lakes Conference basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Eric Wilkie led Cherokee's scoring with 12 points, while Zac Smith tallied 11, and Marc Husman six. Pel Deng paced Storm Lake with 13 points, followed by Jay Grant and Trey O'Brien with 10 apiece.

Husman led the Braves on the boards with 12 rebounds, and Nathaniel Morgan grabbed eight. Wilkie paced the Braves with four assists and Adam Pitts had three steals and three assists.

Cherokee coach Bob Lee was quick to credit the yeoman work of Husman, who brought energy and enthusiasm to the lethargic Braves in the early going. Lee also credited Morgan with his solid defense and rebounding.

"You can't shoot 2-24 free throws and beat anybody," said Lee. "Plus, we missed a lot of front ends on the one-and-ones. Tack them on and it's a diifferent ballgame. Missing that many free throws is hard to explain and hard to overcome.

"The guys are working hard and I'm pleased with the effort and heart, but our shooting has to improve and a lot of that is a frame of mind."

The Braves host Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove tonight.

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