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Spencer shoots way past Braves

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Spencer Tigers outscored Cherokee's Braves 19-7 in the first quarter and 20-7 in the fourth to bookend a 73-40 Lakes Conference basketball win here Tuesday night.

Cherokee's Eric Wilkie drives the ball on the baseline against a Spencer defender during basketball action in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves played hard throughout but had trouble hitting the shots against the Tigers' tough, half-court trapping defense. Cherokee sank just 16-54 field goals for 30 percent and was just 1-10 on three-balls. The Braves notched 7-10 free throws.

Spencer made 31-56 shots - many from close inside - for a sizzling 55 percent, and cashed in 6-12 three-pointers and 5-10 free throws.

Stetson Dagel led the Braves' scoring with 15 points, and Marc Husman added 12 points. That duo also led Cherokee on the boards with five rebounds apiece.

Cherokee's Zac Smith ponders a pass against Spencer defender Jordan Plueger during Lakes Conference basketball action in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Michael Gabbart paced the Tiger scoring with 17 points, followed by Matthew Klemme 14, and Matt Finnern 11.

The quick-striking Tigers made an incredible 19-27 field goals in the first half for 70 percent, including 4-7 three-balls.

"Spencer shot the ball extremely well in the first half," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "We thought our defense was doing a nice job of challenging the shooters and forcing them into tough shots, but it was just a night where they hit those.

"Our guys did a great job of fighting back in the third quarter. They had us down by as much as 25 points at one time, and we fought in the third quarter to cut it to 15 points at the three minute mark of the 3rd.

"Even though the scoreboard doesn't show it, we feel like this is another step in the right direction for our team. We did a nice job of taking care of the ball against a very aggressive team, and made a run at them in the third quarter. "

The Braves play at Alta-Aurelia tonight and at #3 Hull Western Christian Friday night.

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