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Monday, January 16, 2012

Wilkie's 31 points go for naught

Eric Wilkie lit up the Emmetsburg E-Hawks with a career high 31 points, but that valiant effort fell short as the Braves dropped a 69-56 Lakes Conference basketball game here Friday night.

Wilkie was a one-man wrecking crew for the Braves and helped keep the Cherokee club in the ballgame against the feisty. athletic E-Hawks, who stormed to a 25-12 lead in the first quarter, fell back in the second period, and then went on a 13-0 scoring run to start the third quarter on the way to the 13-point victory.

Nathaniel Morgan of Cherokee grabs a rebound against Emmetsburg defender Jake Carlson during boys basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Jake Spindler tallied nine points to go along with Wilkie's 31 to pace the Braves. Michael Wolff led E-Burg with 24 points, and Marcus Akridge tallied 15, and Ryan Kliegl added 14.

The Braves sank 18-49 field goals for 37 percent, including a tidy 4-9 three-balls, and was 16-23 from the free throw line, with Wilkie accounting for 12-13 of those.

Emmetsburg cashed in 30-52 shots - all two-pointers and many of those uncontested lay-ups - for a smoking 58 percent and the reason for the win. The E-Hawks netted 9-19 free throws.

Cherokee's Stetson Dagel shows determination while taking the ball to the basket against Emmetsburg defender Marcus Akridge during basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Dagel's teammate Marc Husman (30) follows the play. Photo by Paul Struck
"The first three minutes of the first and third quarters told the tale on this game," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "We came out flat in both periods and gave them too many lay-ups. We need to start better and play the dfense we know we can play."

Lee was quick to credit the play of Lane Peterson off the bencb, who brought the large crowd to its feet with his hustle and determination time after time. "Man, he worked hard and gave us great energy," noted Lee.

Lee also credited the play of Spindler on defense and Brett Walker off the bench, who turned in a solid performance at both ends of the court.

After battling back to forge a 29-29 halftime tie, the Braves faltered as the E-Hawks went on an 18-8 scoring run in the third period to pull away.

The 3-8 Braves play at Spencer Tuesday, and host Alta-Aurelia Thursday.

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