The quick and talented Alta-Aurelia boys penetrated inside at will throughout the game to register an impressive 69-60 non-conference tussle over Cherokee here Thursday night.
Cherokee answered back after trailing 38-23 at halftime, to outscore the Warriors 37-31 in the second half, but it was not enough.
Eric Wilkie led the Braves with 22 points, followed by Jake Spindler 13, and Brett Walker - seeing his first varsity start - with eight.
The Braves sank 23-52 field goals for 44 percent, and cashed in 7-14 free throws. A-A made 21-50 shots for 42 percent, but converted a whopping 27-34 free throws to win the game at the foul line with that 20-point free throw advantage.
"We got things going on the offensive end, but really struggled guarding their talented perimeter players," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "They were quick on the penetration and we were moving a little slow with our feet.
"We got a big night on the boards and defensively from Lane Peterson and Marc Husman. They really limited the number of offensive boards for Alta-Aurelia."
"We shot free throws very well and got some steals that led to transition buckets," said A-A coach Dean Lietz. "We did a nice job on the glass and didn't turn the ball over.
"Neil and Jaden had nice offensive games and A.J. was solid on both ends. Jalen did a nice job defensively on Wilkie and really made him work for his points."
The 3-11 Braves host Spirit Lake Tuesday night. The 10-4 A-A boys play at Sioux Central Tuesday night.