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

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLWR boys go to three in a row


The resurgent Rebels played inspired hoops and made it three wins in a row by beating the Braham Bombers 71-66 in a very exciting game in Moose Lake on Tuesday, January 3. ML/WR built a 40-27 lead at the break, but Braham out-scored the Rebels 39-31 in the second half, including sinking back-to-back three-pointers to take a 61-58 lead at 3:51.

The Rebels responded with junior forward Barrett and junior guard Gulso coming through as they each canned a key three-pointer at 2:18 and 50 seconds, respectively. Senior guard and captain Riihilouma made five of six free throws to secure the victory during crunch time.

The 4-7 Rebels and the 4-5 Bombers each had four players in double digits. Riihiluoma led the Rebels with a season-high 21 points, including two three-pointers, and he was able to accomplish that even after having picked up his fourth foul at 10:47 of the second half. Kosloski and Gulso each scored in double figures for the third game in row as they had 17 and 10 points, respectively with each hitting two three-pointers. Witkowski muscled into the double digits for the second game in a row as he had 10 points and he led ML/WR with seven rebounds.

Big senior center Cody Carlson led the Bombers with 22 points. Matt Ryland had 18 points, including two three-pointers. Alec Dowling, with two three-pointers and Hunter Griffow, with one outside the arc, scored 10 points apiece.

MLWR’s nine three-pointers as compared to five from beyond the arc for the Bombers did the most to tip the scales. The Rebels went 6-for-9 and 3-for-7 for a hot 9-for-16 (56 percent) on three-pointers. Braham began very frigid at 1-for-10, but warmed up to 4-for-8 to end up at 5-for-18 (28 percent) outside the arc. The Bombers had the better inside game at 8-for-23 and 13-for-23 for 21-for-46 (46 percent). ML/WR started strong at 10-for-21 in the lane, but cooled to only 7-for-19 to finish at 17-for-40 (43 percent) on the inside. The combined field goal rate for the Rebels was 26-for-56 (46 percent) while Braham went 26-for-64 (41 percent).

The Rebels went just 2-for-5 on free throws in the first half, but closed with 8-for-14 in the second half on the way to the win. The Bombers were 8-for-13 from the stripe in the first half, but they shot only three free throws in the second half and made just one of those tosses.

All but one of the remaining statistics were in ML/WR’s favor and that certainly helped the cause. ML/WR edged the Bombers 32-28 on the boards. The Rebels had 15 steals while Braham had 12 thefts. ML/WR was superior on the play-making at 13-8 on assists. The Rebels had only one more turnover with 22 as compared to 21 lost possessions for the Bombers.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 4-7 Rebels: Riihiluoma - 21 (2), 3, 3, 3; Kosloski - 17 (2), 6, 1, 1; Gulso - 10 (2), 6, 6, 6; Witkowski - 10, 7, 0, 0; Barrett - 8 (2) 4, 1, 3; Hanson - 3 (1), 2, 3, 0; Hunter Klund - 2, 1, 1, 0; Ian Coil - 0, 3, 0, 0.

Rebels stretch streak

with win over Panthers

The Rebels stretched the winning streak to four consecutive games as they earned a narrow 68-66 road win against the South Ridge Panthers on Friday, January 6. There were no scoring stats.

ML/WR, with a 5-7 record, has back-to-back home games as they host the Aitkin Gobblers on Thursday, January 12 and the Carlton Bulldogs on Friday, January 13. The Bulldogs were 9-1 through Friday, January 6. Both games are in Moose Lake at 7:15 p.m.


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