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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels suffer loss to Lumberjacks, bounce back to beat Hilltoppers

 

Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Thomas Gulso has 10 points against the Cloquet Lumberjacks January 18.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels had worked to a decent lead during crunch time, but Cloquet fought back to tie it at 62-62. A pair of free throws by Ryder Anderson put MLWR up 64-62 with 11 seconds left to make it seem likely the game had been salted away, but the Lumberjacks were able to hustle down the court and get a basket under the bucket just before the horn for 64-64 at the end of regulation.

The Lumberjacks went on to out-score the Rebels 14-2 in the extra four minutes, including 9-for-9 on free throws, to win 78-66 on Monday, January 18 in Willow River. MLWR went to 3-12 with the disheartening loss.

Jordan Driver led the Lumberjacks with 27 points, including three three-pointers. Joseph Obeidzinski had 14 points, including two three-pointers. Riley Johnson scored 12 points. Brandon Hill had 11 points, including three three-pointers. Joshua Bushey had 10 points, including two three-pointers. Bryce Turnbull added three points and Spencer Wehr had a free throw.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the Rebels: Rex Janke - 14 (3), 8, 0, 3; Avery Kosloski - 13 (3), 3, 1, 1; Isaac Riihiluoma - 11 (1), 4, 0, 3; Thomas Gulso - 10 (2), 6, 3, 1; Jed Gill - 5, 6, 1, 2; Evan Hanson - 5 (1), 2, 0, 1; Brennen Sylvester - 3 (1), 2, 1, 0; Ryder Anderson - 3, 0, 0, 1; Jared Witkowski - 2, 3, 0, 0.

Rebels beat Hilltoppers

The Rebels bounced right back from the previous night's overtime loss to convincingly beat the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers by a score of 68-51 in Willow River on Tuesday, January 19. The Rebels led 32-22 at halftime and improved their record to 4-12 with the win.

The Rebels went 10-for-30 (33 percent) outside the arc while Marshall went 6-for-13 (46 percent) on the three-pointers. MLWR was solid on the inside aspect as it went 18-for-37 (49 percent) while the Hilltoppers went 14-for-37 (38 percent) in the paint. The Rebels had an overall field goal success rate of 28-for-67 (42 percent) while Marshall totaled 20-for-50 (40 percent). The Hilltoppers added 5-for-13 (38 percent) on free throws while MLWR had trouble hitting the foul shots at just 2-for-11 (18 percent).

MLWR was very strong on the boards, out-rebounding Marshall 43-29. The Rebels had 11 steals as compared to six thefts for the Hilltoppers. The Rebels did a nice job passing the ball for scores as they had 13 assists as compared to just a few shares for Marshall. MLWR kept the turnovers down to a manageable 14 while Marshall was troubled by 21 turnovers.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the Rebels: Avery Kosloski - 19 (4), 7, 2, 2; Isaac Riihiluoma - 16 (2), 1, 1, 3; Rex Janke - 8 (1), 10, 1, 1; Jed Gill - 6, 5, 2, 0; Thomas Gulso - 5 (1), 6, 3, 3; Ryder Anderson - 5 (1), 3, 0, 2; Ryan Barrett - 5 (1), 5, 0, 1; Brennen Sylvester - 2, 3, 0, 0; Connor Radel - 2, 0, 1, 0; Spencer Meyer - 0, 1, 0, 0; Sam Coil - 0, 1, 0, 0; Brenon Ward - 0, 0, 1, 0.

The Hilltoppers were led by Cole Feriancek's game-high 22 points. Benjamin Landherr made five three-pointers for his 15 points. Jake Polinsky had nine points, including one three-pointer. Andrew Kneepkens and Nicholas Semaan scored three and two points, respectively.

 

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