Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Al Rose 

Moose Lake-Willow River defeats Cromwell


The Moose Lake-Willow River boys basketball team defeated the Cromwell Cardinals 66-40 to go to 3-0 on the season in Moose Lake on Friday, December 14. The Rebels were led by Tony Adamczak’s 22 points, including three three-pointers. Adamczak’s hustle also netted him 11 re- bounds for a double-double. The much-taller corps of Rebels boarders beat Cromwell on the rebounds by 33-18 for the game. The score at halftime was just 31-23.

Moose Lake-Willow River went on to put three players in double figures as Jake Disterhaupt and John Zinter contributed 10 points each, with Zinter just missing a double-double with eight boards. Cromwell was paced by Josh Oliver’s nine points and four rebounds.

The Rebels did not have all that much success as a team from three-point land as Adamczak sank one of two three-pointers in the first half and 2-for-5 in the second half as ML-WR was 1-for-4 (25 percent) from threeland in the first half and 2-for-11 in the second half to finish at just 3-for-14 (21 percent) for the game from outside the arc.

Cromwell went 0-for-4 in the first half from downtown and improved to 2-for-7 in the second to end up with only 2-for-11 (18 percent) from threeland for the game.

Most of Moose Lake-Willow River’s success came via the game in the paint as the tall Rebels took advantage for a very good 13-24 (54 percent) in the first half and came through with an almost as strong 14-for-27 (52 percent) in the second to wind up with a very solid 27-for-51 (53 percent) in and near the paint.

The Cardinals struggled at 8-for-29 (40 percent) and fell to 4-for-15 (27 percent) in the second half to finish at a rough 12-for-35 (34 percent) on their inside game.

Combining the threes and the twos, ML-WR ended up at a total field rate of 30-for-65 (44 percent) while Cromwell shot a combined 14-for-46 (30 percent) from the field for the game.

Cromwell did have a strength at the foul line as they sank a very good 10-for-14 (1 percent) of their tosses, while the Rebels had a hard time at the line with a meager 3-for-12 (25 percent) from the charity stripe for the game.

Moose Lake-Willow River hit the boards to block out and grab and to out-rebound the Cardinals 15-8 in the first half and kept clutching the caroms in the second half for a difference of 18-10 off the glass to end up out-rebounding Cromwell by a large margin of 33-18 for the game.

On the steals, it was only 5-4 in ML-WR’s favor in the first half, but the Rebels stepped it up to change that stat rather dramatically at 8-1 in the second half to end up ahead 13-5 in the theft department for the game.

Al Rose

Rebel Tony Adamczak jumps for the shot.

The Rebels and the Cardinals exchanged for clean assists in the first half at 4-4, but Moose Lake-Willow River claimed six readily apparent feeds in the second half to just two notable assists for Cromwell in the second half to complete the night with 10-5 on the notable scoring plays.

The Rebels had some troubles taking care of the basketball in the first half as they committed eight turnovers, but cut that down to only five lost possessions in the second half to wind up with a baker’s dozen mistakes. Cromwell was also able to do a decent job in the first half with just one more miscue at nine, but with 16 lost possessions they had a rough second half and finished the game with one more than two dozen costly lost possessions to end the game with a tough 25 turnovers.

Next, the Rebels travel to Crosby-Ironton High School to take part in the Crosby-Ironton Invitational December 27-29.


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