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Explosive Warriors sprint by Braves

Monday, January 23, 2012

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's Brett Walker holds the ball high while looking for a teammate to pass to during the Braves basketball game against Alta-Aurelia last week. Photo by Paul Struck
The explosive Warriors used a 1-2-3 offensive punch of Neil Marshall with 26 points, Jaden Holton 25, and A.J. Lange 14 to parlay a 19-5 second quarter scoring run with extreme quickness attacking the basket to subdue the Braves.

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.

Cherokee guard Jake Spindler takes a hand-off from post Nathaniel Morgan as Alta-Aurelia defenders Jaden Hoiton and A.J. Lange stand their ground in action here last week. Photo by Paul Struck
Spindler had six assists to lead Cherokee in that category, and Marc Husman and Lane Peterson led in rebounds with 10 apiece. Lange paced A-A on the boards with seven, and Austin Delp grabbed five. Holton led the winners in assists with three.

"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.

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