Woodstock holds on to beat Cherokee from line
by Emily Horos
February 03, 2013 01:07 AM | 1889 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK – The Cherokee boys rallied from a 10-point deficit during the final 2 minutes, but it wasn't enough as Woodstock went 13-for-14 at the free-throw line to hold on for a 58-55 victory in the Region 5AAAAAA showdown Saturday night.

Cherokee's Ja'Davin Keith scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. He made a pair of 3-pointers and went 3-for-3 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

The Warriors' Zach Kvam and Willie McClure also made 3-pointers as Cherokee closed the gap. Jeremiah Gill, who was fouled while shooting from behind the arc, made all three of his free throws.

Woodstock's Chris Mowery went 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.

Cherokee (15-8, 8-4) pulled to within one, 56-55, when Keith connected on a 3, and he was fouled on the play, making the free-throw attempt for a four-point play with 10 seconds remaining.

Cherokee quickly fouled Thomas Carroll, who made both his shots from the line.

Now down three, Cherokee put the ball in the hands of Keith, with the plan of having him attempt a 3 or in the least be fouled in the process.

But when the foul was called, it was an offensive foul against Keith — his fifth.

Woodstock coach Brady Richeson said he explored a little strategy at the end of the game.

“We wanted to foul at the end, but I'm glad (the official) called a charge,” Richeson said. “We were trying to get the foul on the floor and get the 1-and-1. Then, they could only get two points when they needed three.”

The final seconds ran off the clock before the Warriors were able to get possession again.

Woodstock (9-14, 5-7) opened the game strong, jumping to an 18-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. Matt Scott scored 12 of his team's points.

The Wolverines led 31-22 at halftime.

Cherokee inched back into the game in the third thanks to 3-pointers by Keith and Kvam. The Warriors trailed by six entering the fourth quarter, but free throws by Mowery and Scott pushed Woodstock's lead to 10 before Cherokee started its rally.

“Any time we beat a county school, it's always a big win for us,” Richeson said. “We played really poorly (Friday) night, so to come back and play well tonight was really good for us.”

Keith finished the game with 23 points, including five 3s. Kvam had 14 with four 3s, and Armony Parker finished with 10.

Scott led Woodstock with 22 points, going 6-for-9 from the free-throw line. Trey Alexander finished with 14 points, while Zach Case scored 12 and was a perfect 4-for-4 on free throws.
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