Wolfpack overpowers Braves

Monday, February 13, 2017
All five Cherokee players on the floor were focused on defense during basketball action at Hull Western Christian last week. Players are, left to right, Joel Vandelune, Mason Pitts, Jack Benson, Mike Herwig, and Trey Valentine.
Photo by Denny Holton

HULL - The Cherokee boys basketball team made the trip here last week to take on a talented and top-rated Hull Western Christian boys basketball team, who came into the match-up with a record of 16-2 on the year. The enigmatic Braves couldn't keep the pace and the Wolfpack won going away, 93-50.

Hull Western was able to take advantage of the Braves at both ends of the court in the second quarter, and gained a 45-30 lead moving into halftime.

The Wolfpack was able to really put their foot on the gas in the second half and led 73-40 at the end of the third quarter, and by the time the final buzzer sounded the Wolfpack picked up the run-away victory on their home floor.

Trey Valentine led the Cherokee scorers with 13 points, and Mason Pitts added 10. Freshman Ryan Hurd added nine points.

Tyson Kooima led HWC with 21 points, while Ben Gesink added 20, and Jesse Jansma 13.

Cherokee Coach Mark Hurd was happy with the first half his team played saying, “We were able to put 30 points on them in the first half and if we could have found their three-point shooters in transition this would have been a closer game. They score in buckets, it seems like you blink and they go up by 25.”

The Braves will now get set to take on 15-4 Sheldon in the opening round of the class 2A District tournament at Sheldon tonight at 8 p.m.  

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