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Turnovers hurt Braves at HWC

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cherokee's Jake Spindler receives a pass from teammate Lane Peterson (52) during recent basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
HULL - The Cherokee Braves managed to score just 14 second-half points in last week's 73-41 loss at Hull Western Christian, after falling behind 52-27 at halftime.

Jake Spindler led the Braves offense with 17 points, while Eric Wilkie tallied 12. Spindler and Wilkie also led their team in assists with four apiece, and Marc Husman battled the superior Wolfpack height inside to come away with nine hard-earned rebounds.

HWC's 6-11 transfer from Sioux City East, Mading Thok led the hosts with 18 points, followed by Taylor Fenstra and Michael DenHerder with 14 apiece.

The Braves sank 14-43 field goals for 33 percent, and was 8-12 from the free throw line. HWC made 27-50 field goals for a sizzling 54 percent, and cashed in 12-15 free throws.

"I thought we played one of our better first quarters of the year (23-16 HWC lead), and had ourselves in decent position," noted Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "Unfortunately, we committed too many turnovers in the second and third quarters, which is something you can't do against a team the quality of Hull Western Christian.

"We got real good defensive efforts from Lane Peterson and Stetson Dagel on Western Christian's Thok. They kept themselves in good position and made him work hard for each basket he got."

The 3-12 Braves host Estherville-LC Friday night.

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