After losing to the Crow Creek Chieftain 64-55 in the opening round of the Lakota Nation Invitational, the Cheyenne Eagle Butte Braves hit the road to Stephen last Tuesday looking for a chance at redemption against the Chieftains. Redemption they found after Grant Kohlus and Brexton Traversie opened up for a combined 61 points to take down the Chieftain 89-73.
Kohlus finished the contest with a personal high 38 points including a perfect eight of eight free throws.
“After that nightmare loss at LNI, we made some adjustments that helped us greatly,” said C-EB Head Coach Rob Mendoza. “The boys played very aggressively this last game.
The Braves led early from the get-go, jumping out to a 20-13 first quarter lead.
The Chieftains opened up from three-point land in the second quarter hitting four to make a run at the Braves, outscoring C-EB 26-22 to pull within four points at halftime.
The Braves came out smoking in the second half, scoring 26 points to Crow Creek’s 14, taking a 15 point advantage into the final quarter.
The Chieftains tried to come at the Braves in the last quarter scoring 20 points, but a balanced scoring effort by C-EB kept the Chieftains trailing by 16 at the final buzzer.
The C-EB bench added 23 point with Josiah Blue Arm putting up eight points and Jessup Yazzie adding seven. Wyatt Jewett and Dayson Kohlus finished with five points each. Trevor Bad Warrior finished with two points and Kaytonna Bartlett rounded out the C-EB scorers with one.
Trent Stepp led the Chieftains with 26 points including three three-pointers. Luke Wells added 13 and Noah Comes Flying finished with 10.
The Braves were originally scheduled to play Chamberlain last Saturday in a doubleheader matchup with the girls, however subzero weather caused officials to delay the game until Monday, January 18.
The Braves have an open schedule until next Monday as they prepare for three games that week.
The Monday matchup will be the last game at home as C-EB will be on the road for a six-game stretch. The Braves will be in McLaughlin on Tuesday the 18th, and in Little Wound on the 23rd.
C-EB (7-2) 20 42 68 89
Crow Creek (4-4) 13 39 53 73
C-EB: Grant Kohlus 14 8-8 38, Wyatt Jewett 2 1-2 5, Brexton Traversie 11 1-1 23, Trevor Bad Warrior 1 0-0 2, Kaytonna Bartlett 0 1-2 1, Jessup Yazzie 3 0-0 7, Josiah Blue Arm 4 0-0 8, Dayson Kohlus 2 0-0 5, Totals 37 11-1143 89.
Crow Creek: Trent Stepp 7 9-13 26, Jayden McBride 3 2-2 9, Noah Comes Flying 3 2-2 10, Demontai Medicine Crow 1 1-2 3, Luke Wells 5 0-2 13, Anthony Fontenot 4 0-2 8, Calvin Obago 1 0-0 2, Treon Eastman 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 14-23 73.
3-point field goals: C-EB 4 (G. Kohlus 2, Yazzie, D. Kohlus); Crow Creek 9 (Stepp 3, Wells 3, Comes Flying 2, McBride). Total fouls: C-EB 16: Crow Creek 16.