The Moose Lake Willow River boys' basketball game with Floodwood (that was postponed because of a snow storm) was played on Monday, February 10 at Floodwood.
The Rebels made 84 percent of their two-point shots and 100 percent of their free throws and led at half-time 75-18. Leading the team in steals were the two seniors, Michael Olson and Ben Dewey. Brady Watrin led in assists with five. The Floodwood Polar Bears were able to score nine points in the second half to the Rebels' 37 points. MLWR took home the victory 112-27. Carter Johnson had a sweet break-away slam, his first in a game.
Eleven Rebels scored. Brady Watrin led the team with 26, Mason Olson had 23, Phillip Sheetz 13, Michael Olson nine, Johnson and Duane Broughton seven, Landin Kurhajetz six, Ben Dewey, Sam Dewey, Chance Lunde and Drew Danielson each had five.
Shooting threes were Sheetz with two, Mason Olson, Johnson, Ben Dewey, Sam Dewey, Danielson, Michael Olson and Lunde all with one.
In the JV game the Rebels led at the half 58-16 and won the game 84-30. Floodwood did not have a C-team.
On Valentine's Day, the Rebels hosted their neighbors to the north, the Barnum Bombers. There was a packed house attending the game. Mason Olson had 29 giving the Rebels a 47-27 lead at the half. He finished the game with a game high of 42 points. Brady Watrin was also the star of the night scoring his 1,000-career point. He started the game with six points to go. Head Coach Wes Cummins took the microphone to announce Brady's achievement. Later in the game, the players set up the dunk pass play to Brady and he slammed one down with an impressive dunk. The Rebels won 89-52.
The Rebels had ten players scoring, Mason Olson led with 42. He couldn't miss. Brady Watrin finished with 15, Michael Olson 11, Sheetz had eight, Ben Dewey and Sam Dewey each had three, Logan Orvedahl, Broughton and Kurhahetz with two each, and Johnson with one.
From the three-point line the Rebels made 17; Mason Olson made ten, and Michael Olson three, Sheetz had two, and Sam Dewey and Brady Watrin with one each. The Rebels were eight for thirteen from the free-throw line.
For Barnum, Blaze Hurst had 20, Joe Peterson 12, Reed Kornovich with six, Willie Richardson five, Jake Hultgren, Max Moors, and Matthew Berry each had two. Sinking threes for Barnum were Kornovich with two and Peterson, Hultgren and Richardson with one each. The Bombers were nine for nineteen from the free-throw line. Barnum now has eight wins and fourteen losses.
The Rebels' JV won 59-39 and the C-team won 56-49.
MLWR (19-4) has two regular season games left. They will host Proctor (8-16) on Tuesday, February 25. They beat Proctor the third game of the season 75-61. On Friday, February 28 they will travel to Rush City (10-10).
Moose Lake Willow River is ranked 26 in the state with QRF rating of 115.6, Esko is 27 (115.3 QRF), Pequot Lakes is 34 (111.7 QRF), Pierz is 35 (111.3 QRF), Crosby-Ironton is 54 (89.7 QRF), Aitkin is 57 (86.4 QRF) and Pillager is 65 (80.3). Other area Class AA teams in other sections: Pine City is 23 (118.2 QRF) and Mora is 24 (117.6 QRF).
Their record is ranked fourteenth in the state. They are third in the state for points scored. Caledonia is first and Twin City Academy/Great River is second. Twin City Academy/Great River is first in point differential and MLWR is second.
MLWR is first in their Section 7AA-SubSection 1, Esko is second, Pequot Lakes third, Pierz fourth, Crosby-Ironton fifth, Aitkin sixth, and Pillager seventh. Section playoffs are March 5, 7, 11, and 13.