SPENCER - The host Spencer Tigers torched the nets with 56-percent shooting and ran out to a 19-5 lead in the first quarter on the way to a 63-45 victory over the Cherokee Braves here Tuesday night.
Spencer led 38-20 at halftime, and ballooned that to 48-26 heading into the final eight minutes.
Zac Smith led the cold-shooting Braves with 12 points, and Eric Wilkie and Stetson Dagel tallied 10 points apiece. Matt Klemme paced the Tigers with 17 points, and Matt Finnern added 10.
Cherokee managed just 12-39 field goals for 31 percent, and cashed in 18-29 free throws in the foul-plagued game. The Tigers meshed 14-19 free throws, and sank 24-43 field goals for that sizzling 56 percent.
The Braves pocketed 30 rebounds in the game, with Smith hauling in six, and Dagel five. Smith also had two blocked shots, and Wilkie led in assists with three.
"We got off to a slow start offensively and defensively in the first quarter," noted Cherokee coach bob Lee. "Our guys worked hard to come back from the slow start, but with Spencer shooting as well as they were in the first half (68 percent), it was hard to make up any ground.
The 3-10 Braves play at 9-4 Hull Western Christian tonight.