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Braves fall 68-41 at Emmetsburg

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cherokee's Eric Wilkie looks for teammates after being pinned by defenders in recent basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
EMMETSBURG - The hustling E-Hawks of Emmetsburg jumped to a 21-11 lead in the first quarter, and ballooned that to 33-18 at halftime to knock off the cold-shooting Cherokee Braves 68-41 in Lakes Conference basketball action here Tuesday night.

The Braves could manage just 16-48 field goals for 33 percent, and were 4-12 for three-pointers, and just 5-16 from the free throw line.

Emmetsburg made 27-55 shots for a warm 49 percent, and netted 11-19 free throws.

Eric Wilkie paced Cherokee's scoring with 15 points, while Jake Spindler tallied nine, and Zac Smith seven. Smith led the Braves on the boards with eight rebounds.

Jake Spindler of Cherokee drives the ball to the basket against Le Mars defender Austin Homan as teammate Lane Peterson spins to get open during recent action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Jake Jackson led the balanced E-Hawks with 19 points, followed by Marcus Akridge 16, and Mike Wolfe 12.

"We didn't have a very aggressive first half," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "Emmetsburg sat back in a 2-3 zone defense and we made poor passes.

"We felt like we increased our energy and effectiveness in the second half, but still struggled to get the ball in the hoop.

The Braves end regular season play with a 3-16 record.

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