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

By Al Rose 

ML-WR gives Braham a scare


Dan Lingle

Moose Lake-Willow River Rebel Tony Adamczak takes to the air for a shot against the Braham Bombers January 29.

The Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels sank nine three-pointers, but struggled on the inside game and attempted only a half dozen free throws in a close contest with Braham to give the Bombers a scare with a 59-53 loss in Moose Lake on Tuesday, January 29. The Rebels had two players in double figures, while Braham was able to place three players in the double digits.

The Rebels, led by senior guard Tony Adamczak’s game-high 20 points, including six of the three-pointers, shot 4-for-9 in the first half and 5-for-13 from beyond the arc in the second half to finish at 9-for-22 (41 percent) from threeland for the game. Braham was led by Zach Dahlman’s 18 points, with no three-pointers for the junior forward.

However, the usually strong inside aspect panned out at only 5-for-18 in the first half and 6-for-18 in the second half for a lack-luster 11-for-36 (31 percent) for the game in the paint for ML-WR. Plus, the Rebels shot a mere six attempts from the foul line and made four of those tosses, with 1-for-2 in the crucial second half.

Braham bombed away from threeland, but hit a meager 3–for-13 in the fist half and an even worse 1-for-7 in the second to finish the game at a lousy 4-for-20 (20 percent). The Bombers had much better success in the lane with 8-for-19 in the first half and a hot 10-for-15 in the second to finish the lane game at a strong 18-for-34 (53 percent). Plus, Braham was able to make 11-for-18, including 7-for-9 in the second half at the foul stripe, to help ice the game away during crunch time. Meanwhile, ML-WR shot only twice from the stripe in the entire second half and made one of those attempts with none coming at critical times.

The taller Rebels did beat the Bombers on the boards at 22-13 and 16-16 by halves to finish with a 38-29 edge off the glass for the game. Braham was able to win the thefts at 5-0 and 3-2 for the game to take that stat at 8-2. The assists went to ML-WR at 5-1 and 4-0 for 9-1 for the game, but the Bombers did a better job taking care of the basketball with just turnovers compared to the Rebels' nine in the first half compared to seven in the second half with just 11 lost possessions in the game, while the Rebels ended up with 15 turnovers for the game.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 11-5 Rebels. Adamczak: 20 (six three-pointers), 2, 0, 1; Jake Disterhaupt: 10, 11, 1, 3; Ezra Szczyrbak: 7, 11, 0, 0; Brad Fossum, 7 (one three-pointer), 5, 1, 1; Matt Mach: 4, 6, 0, 3; Ike Pederson: 3 (one three-pointer), 1, 0, 0; John Zinter: 2, 2, 0, 0.


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