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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLWR boys fall to Pine City

 

Al Rose

Thomas Gulso scores on the inside for the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels Thursday, December 22, in Moose Lake.

The Rebels boys basketball team was defeated by 20 points as they lost 71-51 in Moose Lake on Thursday, December 22. The Dragons used three-pointers to build a 30-23 lead in the first half and used 16-for-25 second-half free throw shooting to pull away for the win and to improve to a 5-1 record.

Each team had three players in double figures. Clay Logan paced Pine City with 16 points, including three from outside the arc. Nick Hansmann had 15 points and also had three three-pointers. Jake Rademacher had 11 points.

Avery Kosloski and Thomas Gulso each had their second double-digit game in a row. Kosloski led the Rebels with 11 points, including two three-pointers. Gulso had 10 points, including one from one outside the arc. Despite fouling out with about six minutes remaining, Ryan Barrett, MLWR's leading scorer and rebounder on the season, still made the double figures as he managed to score 10 points.

The Dragons used multiple kick-out passes and went 6-for-15 from outside the arc in the first half while the Rebels went just 1-for-7 on three-pointers. Pine City curtailed the launching of the bombs in the second half for only 1-for-5 while MLWR made just 2-for-12 on the threes. Pine City ended up at 7-for-20 (35 percent) on its long tries while the Rebels went a mere 3-for-19 (16 percent) on three-point attempts for the game.

The Rebels had the better inside game at 9-for-35 and 8-for-15 for a reasonably strong 17-for-38 (45 percent) in and around the lane. The Dragons went only 4-for-13 in the first half on the inside, but improved a lot to 11-for-22 on the inside in the second half for 15-for-35 (43 percent) in the paint. Combining the threes and the twos, Pine City finished at 22-for-55 for a fairly good overall field rate of 40 percent. MLWR's total field numbers added up to 20-for-57 for 35 percent.

The Dragons went 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the first half while MLWR went 2-for-5. The Rebels got into extra foul trouble with about 10 minutes to play and the double-bonus foul shot situation contributed to Pine City's 16-for-25 performance at the stripe in the second half to end the Dragons up at a solid 20-for-29 (69 percent) on its tosses. Much of Pine City's out-scoring the Rebels 41-28 in the second half was at the line. The Rebels went 6-for-12 on their tosses in the second to finish at 8-for-17 (47 percent) from the foul stripe.

The Rebels out-rebounded the Dragons 18-14 in the first half, but Pine City fought back for 17-11 in the second half to win the battle of boards with just two more rebounds at 31-29. Steals were at 6-5 for MLWR in the first half, but 7-5 for the Dragons in the second half for only a very slight 12-11 edge on the take-aways for Pine City. The Dragons had a 7-6 advantage on assists in the first half while each team had five shares for scores in the second half for only 12-11 in Pine City's favor.

The Dragons kept the turnovers under double figures in both halves at six and seven for a fairly manageable 13 lost possessions for the game. Although the Rebels had 10 turnovers in the first half they did a decent job to reduce the lost possessions in the second half to end up with 17 turnovers.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 1-6 Rebels: Kosloski - 11 (2), 8, 0, 1; Gulso - 10 (1), 6, 3, 5; Barrett - 10, 2, 0, 3; Isaac Riihiluoma - 7, 4, 1, 1, Hunter Klund - 5, 1, 4, 1; Ian Coil - 4, 6, 1, 1; Jared Witkowski - 2, 1, 0, 0; Sam Coil - 2, 0, 0, 0; Michael Olson - 0, 0, 1, 0.

The Rebels host Braham on Tuesday, January 3 at 7:15 p.m. in Moose Lake. The next home games after that are the Aitkin Gobblers on Thursday, January 12 and the Carlton Bulldogs on Friday, January 13 with both games at 7:15 p.m. in Moose Lake.

 

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