A first-half 39-30 lead was enough for the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels boys basketball team to hang onto and to topple the Rush City Tigers by a score of 73–64 in Moose Lake on Tuesday, January 15. The Rebels had four players in double figures to offset two players in double digits by the Tigers.
The Tigers’ Garret Pearson had a great game with a game-high 37 points, including four three-pointers. The Rebels’ Brad Fossum, with 20 points, hit four threes as well and played the best game of his career to lead the 7-5 Rebels.
ML-WR started the game cold from the outside, but still managed to hit four threes, although it was out for 16 attempts (25 percent). The Tigers attempted only five threes in the first, but were able to sink two of those attempts (40 percent).
The Rebels were fairly hot on the inside game at 12-for-22 (55 percent). The Tigers were able to get just 6-for-14 to fall in and near the lane for (43 percent) the first half. Many of the Tigers' points came from the free throw line, while only a few came for the Rebels from the stripe in the first half. While the Tigers went a very solid 12-for-16 (75 percent), ML-WR went just 3-for-5 at the stripe.
The Rebels were able to hit the boards for a 19-6 advantage in the first half. The Tigers were able to win the take-aways at 4-2 in the first. It was ML-WR with one notable pass for a score in the first half, while the Tigers had no passes for scores. The teams split five turnovers each in the first half.
The second half found the Rebels hitting 2-for-4 (50 percent) and the Tigers going 2-for-9 (22 percent) in the second half. The Rebels were not as hot in the lane and went just 8-for-18 (44 percent) in the paint in the second half. The Tigers warmed up to 11-for-20 (55 percent). The Rebels were able to go 11-for-15 from the stripe in the second half while the Tigers stepped to the line for eight free throws and made six in the second half.
ML-WR won the rebounds, but only at 9-5 in the second half. The steals again went to the Tigers and they ended the game nine thefts as compared to five for the Rebels. However, it was assists that really helped ML-WR as they held a 6-0 edge in the notable scoring plays in the second half.
The Rebels kept the turnovers down to just four in the second half wile the Tigers committed seven miscues for lost possessions.
The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the Rebels. Fossum: 20 (four three-pointers), 3, 0, 0; Michael Pender: 17, 7, 0, 0; Matt Mach: 16 (one three-pointer), 6, 2, 2; Ezra Szczyrbak: 10, 2, 0, 1; Tony Adamczak: 5 (one three-pointer), 3, 1, 0; Ike Pederson: 5, 4, 1, 2; John Zinter: 0, 2, 0, 0; Jake Disterhaupt: 0, 1, 1, 2.