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Unity Christian takes out Braves

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ORANGE CITY - The boys District Tournament trail ended abruptly here Monday night as host Orange City Unity Christian outscored the shell-shocked Braves 40-8 in the second half on the way to a resounding 64-30 Class 2A District first-round win.

Brett Walker of Cherokee ponders passing the ball over Alta-Aurelia defender A.J. Lange to teammate Lane Peterson (52) during recent basketball action in Cherokee. The Braves lost a District Tournament game at Orange City Unity Christian Monday night to end the season. Photo by Paul Struck [Order this photo]
Cherokee was in it at halftime, trailing just 24-22, but then the bottom fell out, the roof caved in, the walls blew out and the basement collapsed, as the host Knights sped away unscathed with a 14-point third quarter and a 26-point fourth period, while limiting the Braves to just four points in each quarter.

Zac Smith, Jake Spindler, and Eric Wilkie led the meager Cherokee scoring with eight points apiece. Smith also led in rebounds with 10, and Stetson Dagel snagged seven boards.

Blake Zommermaand paced Unity Christian with 12 points, and Heath Huitnik tallied 10. Trevor Kauk led the Knights in rebounding with a whopping 14.

The Braves sank 11-45 field goals for a frigid 24 percent, and was 2-14 from the three-point line, and 6-14 from the foul line.

Unity Christian made 24-58 shots for 41 percent, including 3-10 for three-balls, and netted 13-21 free throws.

"Our guys executed our game plan very well in the first half," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "Unity Christian made a few adjustments at halftime that we didn't respond to very well and they were able to create some breathing room and advance the lead.

"We are real proud of our guys this season. Night in and night out they gave everything they had. It is real easy when the wins aren't coming your way to let your effort decline, but that never happened with this group. They always worked as hard as possible.

"We are going to miss our four seniors. They have been a big part of this season and are leaving behind big shoes to be filled."

Cherokee graduates seniors Jake Spindler, Adam Pitts, Nate Seliger, and Austin Winchell.

Jake Spindler of Cherokee readies to pass the ball to a teammate during recent basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck [Order this photo]
The Braves end the 2011-2012 season with a 3-17 record, while Unity Christian continues down tourney trail at 12-10.

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