The Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels shot to a 38-9 first half lead on the way to slaying the Silver Bay Mariners by a score of 72-29 on the big floor in Willow River on Friday, January 4.
The Rebels, with two players in double figures, and good scoring support, were led by Ezra Szczyrbak’s 21 points. Jake Distehaupt hit the double digits with 13 points.
ML-WR out-rebounded the much shorter opponents by nearly a four to one ratio with 25 boards compared to just eight rebounds for Silver Bay.
While ML-WR was able to go 2-for-7 (29 percent) outside the arc in the first half, the Mariners tried only one long ball and missed the attempt.
The Rebels had a great inside game with 14-for-24 (58 percent) shooting in the half. Silver Bay was able to muster 4-for-9 on the inside and added one of two free throws while ML-WR added 3-for-6 from the foul stripe in the half.
The second half was a similar scenario, but with ML-WR shooting 3-for-6 (50 percent) and, with Silver Bay trying to catch up, going 2-for-3 (67 percent) from outside the arc. The Rebels, pulling back the reigns and substituting frequently, still managed to have an extremely strong inside game, in fact they went 10-for-13 (77 percent) in the second half in the lane with Szczyrbak and Disterhaupt tearing it up in the lane.
The Rebels out-rebounded the Mariners 14-4 in the first half and continued to hit te boards in the second half for an 11-4 advantage. ML-WR’s defense created six steals in the first and had one more take-away in the second half for a 7-4 edge in thefts for the game.
Another area in which the Rebels really shone was the passing for scores. ML-WR stayed consistent throughout the game in the assists with seven shares in the first half and six more readily apparent scoring plays in the second half for 13 shares for the game, while the Mariners had only one notable scoring play in each half.
Moose Lake-Willow River did a decent job taking care of the basketball with only three lost possessions in the first half and just four more miscues in the second half for only seven turnovers for the game. The Mariners had seven lost possessions in the first half and three more in the second half for 10 turnovers for the game.
The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for ML-WR. Sczcyrbak: 21, 3, 1, 0 and one blocked shot; Disterhaupt: 13, 3, 1, 3 and one blocked shot; Tony Adamczak: 8, 2, 1, 0; Matt Mach: 7 (two three-pointers), 2, 2, 4; Isaac Coil: 6, 3, 0, 1; Brad Fossum: 5 (one three-pointer), 1, 2, 1; Charlie Adamczak: 4 (one three-pointer), 0, 0, 0; Trenton Autio: 3 (one three-pointer), 4, 0, 3; Ike Pederson: 0, 3, 0, 1; John Zinter: 0, 4, 0, 0, one blocked shot.