Cold-shooting 4th quarter does in Braves

Thursday, December 20, 2012
These Cherokee and Spirit Lake players were focused on rebounding in recent basketball action in Cherokee. Braves, left to right, include Nathaniel Morgan, Stetson Dagel, and Eric Wilkie. Photo by Paul Struck

SAC CITY - The East Sac County boys outscored Cherokee's Braves 26-8 in a fateful fourth quarter to claim an 80-53 basketball victory in a game that was highly competitive for three periods.

The teams were knotted at 12-12 after one quarter, and the Raiders led 38-31 at halftime, before taking a 54-45 lead into the final frame when they took off on that big scoring run.

The Braves notched 22-56 field goals for 33 percent, including 7-23 three-pointers, while East Sac County sizzled, hitting 30-59 shots for 51 percent, and 9-25 three-balls. The winners were 11-14 from the free throw line, and Cherokee sank just 2-6 from the foul line.

Eric Wilkie paced Cherokee's scoring with 17 points, including 15 at halftime on five three-balls, before the Raiders shut him down in the second half. Marc Husman added 11 points and Zac Smith popped in 10.

Nathaniel Morgan crashed the boards for the Braves, finishing with a dozen rebounds, while Husman and Smith each pocketed four. Wilkie also registered four assists in the game.

Reed Tellinghuisen paced the Raiders with 23 points, and teammate Tyler Jacobson tallied 20.

" Our guys did a real nice job early on of identifying their shooters and executing our offense," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee.

"Marc Husman was very aggressive attacking the basket and creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. Unfortunately for us during the 4th quarter, our shooting went cold and they really warmed up to secure the win. "

The 0-8 Braves play at dangerous Le Mars (6-2) Friday night for a Lakes Conference tussle before heading to Christmas break. Cherokee opens up Year 2013 Jan. 4 at Storm Lake.

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