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Le Mars blows by Braves, 75-28

Monday, December 24, 2012

Cherokee's Marc Husman lobs a pass inside to teammate Stetson Dagel during recent basketball action in Cherokee. The Cherokee teams are on holiday break and return to action Jan. 4 at Storm Lake. Photo by Paul Struck
LE MARS - An explosive, highly regarded Le Mars boys basketball team, frustrated and ready to vent on somebody after a couple narrow losses to rated opponents in the toughest part of their early-season schedule, took it out on the Cherokee Braves here Friday night, to the tune of 75-28.

Showing they were all business, the Bulldogs in their spiffy new gym, hopped like Blue Bunny bunnies to a 33-3 lead in the first quarter, and scooped up a 50-12 halftime lead before riding out the second half with a 25-16 scoring advantage.

Thirteen of the 15 players scored for Le Mars, with Jake Irwin the flavor of the game with 16 points. Kyle Dolph, the son of former Cherokee stalwart Steve Dolph, tallied eight points and dished out six assists for the Bulldogs.

Eric Wilkie paced the Braves with nine points, while Brett Walker chipped in six, and Marc Husman five. Husman also paced the Braves on the boards with nine rebounds.

Cherokee netted a paltry 8-43 field goals for an arctic 19 percent shooting effort, and meshed 11-18 free throws.

Le Mars made 24-55 shots for 44 percent and sank 6-8 from the foul line.

"They didn't miss many shots in that first half," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "They're a very sound ball club. After that terrible first half, we could have mailed it in, but the guys were determined to battle. The third quarter was 12-10 Le Mars and that showed me something.

"We stayed with it. In the fourth quarter both teams were deep into their bench and the continuous clock affects everybody. I'm proud of our fight. They took the challenge at halftime and kept fighting."

The Braves (0-8) play at Storm Lake Jan. 4 after the holiday break.

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