MANSON - A 15-8 scoring run by Manson NW Webster in the third quarter propelled the Cougars to a hard-fought 50-43 season opening victory over the Cherokee Braves in boys baksetball action here Monday night.
MNW led 23-19 at halftime and sustained the lead the rest of the way.
Eric Wilkie led Cherokee with 14 points, while Brett Walker added eight, and Stetson Dagel six. Dagel also led the Braves on the boards with eight rebounds, while Wilkie and Walker grabbed five each.
Brody Eischeid paced the Cougar scoring with 14 points, and Caleb Wubben totaled 12.
Cherokee sank 17-50 field goals for 34 percent, and netted 7-16 free throws. The Cougars made 19-58 field goals for 33 percent.
"Manson NW Webster is a very talented team with a very versatile lineup," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "We felt like we started the game well against them and just had a few mental lapses midway through the second quarter and early in the third that really made a difference in the game.
"We are proud of the guys effort and execution in the fourth quarter to close the gap and make things interesting. We just ran out of time."