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Cold-shooting Braves lose at SOS

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cherokee's Jake Spindler drives the ball past Spencer defender Blake Seier during recent Lakes Conference basketball action in Cherokee. The Cherokee teams host Alta-Aurelia Thursday night. Photo by Paul Struck
PAULLINA - The Cherokee Braves couldn't get untracked against a pesky South O'Brien club here Saturday night, falling 54-32 after trailing 25-13 at halftime.

Shooting just 32 percent from the field, the Braves landed nobody in double figures, with Eric Wilkie and Stetson Dagel leading the scoring with nine points apiece. Wilkie led his team in assists with six, and Dagel led in rebounds with seven.

Austin Wise paced the host Wolverines with 15 points.

Cherokee sank 13-41 shots for 32 percent, including a 3-11 effort from the three-point line. The Braves were just 3-10 from the foul line.

South O'Brien made 23-58 field goals for 40 percent, and was 4-10 for free throws.

"We struggled getting into a good rhythm offensively," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "I think we still had tired legs after Friday night's hard battle against Emmetsburg, and as a result were shooting many of our jumpers short.

"We were pleased with out defensive effort, as South O'Brien can be a very explosive team."

The 3-9 Braves host Alta-Aurelia Thursday night, and travel to Hull Western Christian Friday night.

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