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High School Basketball:
Cherokee Pass The Challenge By Defeating St. Joseph

Sunday, February 15, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Some of these teams use this weekend as a measuring stick for the upcoming playoffs. Every team that enters the Olympic-Cape Challenge has the skills to come away with the win. During this game that featured the Cherokee Chiefs taking on St. Joseph, the first and third quarters proved to be the difference in Cherokee coming away with the 56-45 win. The Chiefs increased their overall record to 12-8 while St. Joseph still holds an impressive record with 12 wins and 7 loses.

St. Joseph got a slow start in this game as they only scored 4 points in the first quarter. Tim Burns would get Wildcats on track as his shots began to fall through the hoop. The Chiefs, on the other hand, worked the ball around for the open shot to jump out to a 23-16 halftime advantage. Yet again, a slow start by the Wildcats to open the second half gave Cherokee enough time to build a 38-27 lead in the fourth quarter. Cherokee was lead in scoring by Mike Maguire with 18 points, Chris Cowan’s 17 points and Brawley Chisholm’s 13 points. Tim Burns led all scorers with 28 points for St. Joseph.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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