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Tornadoes back above .500

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CHEROKEE - The Storm Lake boy's basketball team is back above .500 on the year as they picked up their fourth-straight win by taking down Cherokee on the road Friday, 67-53.

The Tornadoes rode a 23-point, 12-rebound effort from Ethan Kenkel to the win as he led four players in double-figures. Nic Seaman, the hero of Tuesday night's win over Spencer, followed with 12 points, including a couple of three-pointers, Aaron Krier had 11 points and three boards, and Yach Deng returned to action with 10 points and four rebounds. Jay Grant added nine points and four boards.

The Tornadoes trailed 18-14 after one, but they would claim a 28-27 lead midway in the second that they would not relinquish. Cherokee kept it interesting, however, down just six at half. They would cut within single digits late in the fourth, before the Tornadoes closed with seven straight to end the game.

"Really took us a long time to put that game put away," said Storm Lake head coach Bob Grant. " I thought we were going to get more easy baskets. We've got to shoot better. We had enough shots where we wanted them. We just didn't make them. That was a hard-fought game. I'm glad to come in here and get a win, but there's things we've got to do better as the season is winding down.

They just didn't have an answer for Ethan. When we can get the ball to Ethan, he knows what to do with it."

Eric Wilkie led the one-win Cherokee squad with 18 points. Stetson Dagel added 15 points and four rebounds.

The Tornadoes moved to 9-8 overall with the win. They'll look to make it five-straight on the road against a tough LeMars squad Tuesday night. They remain on the road Thursday at South Central Calhoun.

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