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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

MLWR gets by Barnum on free throws


Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Avery Kosloski launches a three-pointer over Barnum Bomber Braeden Hlavka on Friday, December 9, in Moose Lake.

Following a rather mundane and low scoring first half with the Bombers leading 16-15 and all the stats being quite balanced, the Rebels took advantage of a seemingly disproportionate number of fouls called on Barnum in the second half and got the game on free throws by a score of 51-42 in Moose Lake on Friday, December 9.

It was Class AA MLWR's first win and Class A Barnum's first loss on the young year. In a classic for the ages, the Rebels new head coach, Wes Cummins, went up against his venerable mentor, Rich Newman. While Newman's team uncharacteristically played a lot of fairly loose zone, apparently trying to tempt the Rebels into launching from beyond the arc, Cummins' crew stuck mostly to the tight man-on-man he had grown up with under his former coach.

Each team had only one player make the double digits against its opponent's opposite defensive styles. For the second game in a row, MLWR's Ryan Barrett nearly had a double-double as he scored a game-high 15 points, including one pointer, and he led the Rebels with eight rebounds. Daniel Gilchrist hit double figures for the second game in a row as he had 14 points, including two three-pointers, to lead the Bombers.

The Bombers were superior on all the shooting statistics, except the game-changing free throws. Barnum got six more points than MLWR from outside the arc. Barnum went 2-for-9 and 3-for-9 for 5-for-18 (28 percent) on three-pointers. The Rebels went 1-for-6 and 2-for-7 for 3-for-13 (23 percent) from outside the arc. Each team ended up getting 22 points on the inside with Barnum going 4-for-10 and 7-for-14 for 11-for-24 (46 percent) and MLWR going 6-for-12 and 5-for-18 for 11-for-30 (37 percent). Combining the threes and the twos, the Bombers went 16-for-42 (38 percent) while the Rebels went a combined 14-for-43 (33 percent).

Free throws clearly comprised the difference in a wild and hotly contested second half. Only seven fouls were called on Barnum in the first half and MLWR missed all three of its tosses. Just six fouls were called on the Rebels in the first half and Barnum made both of its free throws. But while the Rebels were whistled only five times in the second half and Barnum made all three of its free throws, the Bombers were tagged with 20 foul calls, including a floor technical and a bench technical. MLWR made 20 out of 27 second-half free throws to get the win at the foul line and to finish at 20-for-30 (67 percent) for the game. The Bombers tallied a perfect 5-for-5 total at the stripe.

Rebounding went just 12-9 and 12-11 for 24-20 for the Rebels. Steals were also in MLWR's favor, but only at 6-4 and 4-for-3 for 10-for-7. The Rebels narrowly took the assist stat at 4-4 and 2-1 for 6-5 on the readily apparent passes for scores. Finally, MLWR had a four less turnovers at 7-7 and 6-10 for a difference of 13-17 for the game.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 1-2 Rebels: Barrett - 15 (1) 8, 2, 0, 2; Isaac Riihiluoma - 9, 1, 2, 0; Thomas Gulso - 8 (1), 6, 5, 0; Ian Coil - 8, 2, 0, 2; Avery Kosloski - 7 (1), 1, 1, 2; Jared Witkowski - 2, 3, 0, 0; Evan Hanson - 2, 1, 0, 1; Hunter Klund - 0, 2, 2, 1.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 1-1 Bombers: Gilchrist - 14 (2), 1, 2, 0; Kyle Kielty - 9 (1), 5, 2, 3, 0; Braeden Hlavka - 6 (2), 3, 2, 0; Quinn Casey - 4, 1, 0, 0; Nolan Wickstrom - 3, 0, 0, 0; Reece Parks - 2, 2, 1, 2; Samuel Goodwin - 2, 4, 0, 0; Colton Ziegler - 2, 4, 0, 0.

The rivalry renews in two months as the Bombers host the Rebels on Friday, February 10 at 7:15 p.m. in Barnum.


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