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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum free throws overshadow MLWR


Dan Lingle

Barnum Bomber Kyle Kielty goes up for the layup as Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Thomas Gulso goes for the block.

After the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels had shot and made a disproportionate number of free throws to beat Barnum 52-41 in Moose Lake on December 9, the Bombers turned the tables and overshadowed MLWR at the stripe to get revenge with a 47-38 victory on a Snow Moon eclipse eve in Barnum on Friday, February 10. The Bombers improved to 8-11, while the Rebels went back to the .500 mark at 10-10.

Barnum, with three players in double digits, worked to a 26-18 lead at the break. Kyle Kielty led the offensive attack as he tied for game-high honors with 21 points, including going 2-for-5 outside the arc and 7-for-8 on free throws. Daniel Gilchrist had 11 points, including swishing one three-pointer and going 8-for-10 at the foul line. Reece Parks had 10 points, including 4-for-4 at the stripe.

Beyond the free throws, the Bombers' tenacious defense very much contributed to the victory. Barnum allowed only MLWR's top scorer Avery Kosloski to get into double figures. Kosloski, averaging 16.5 points per game, tied for a game-high 21 points, including five of the Rebels six three-pointers. The Rebels second-leading scorer, Isaac Rihilluoma, averaging 17.6 during a five-game run in double figures before having to sit out two games with a bad ankle, was limited to five points. Ryan Barrett, who came in with six games in a row in double digits and with around a 12-point average during that run, was blanked.

The Rebels managed to go 3-for-11 on threes in the first half, but Barnum kept pace at 3-for-6. The Rebels bombed away from outside the arc and were able to get 3-for-14 to go in the second half for a total of 6-for-25 (24 percent) on threes. The Bombers only attempted two threes in the second half and missed them both to wind up at a total of 3-for-8 (38 percent) on three-pointers.

By halves, the Bombers worked their way to 5-for-9 and 4-for-10 on the inside for 9-for-19 (47 percent) on the lane game. MLWR had nearly as much success at 4-for-9 and 4-for-10 for 8-for-19 (42 percent) in the paint.

In the field goal analysis, Barnum got two more points inside while the Rebels got nine more points outside the arc. It came down to free throws with the Bombers starting at a perfect 7-for-7 and securing the victory with a fairly good 13-for-20 in the second half for a reasonably strong 20-for-27 (74 percent) when the game was literally on the line. The Rebels went 1-for-2 and 3-for-9 for just 4-for-11 (36 percent) at the stripe. Therefore, it came down in large part to 16 more points for Barnum than MLWR on free throws.

To the Rebels' credit, they clearly took the rebounding at 10-6 and 17-8 for 27-14, including an impressive 13 offensive boards. The teams tied 5-5 on the thefts in the first half, but Barnum had seven pick-pockets as compared to four steals for the Rebels in the second half for 12-9 in the Bombers favor. A trio of those second half thefts led to Barnum buckets off turnovers, including a couple during crunch time. The Bombers had one more readily apparent assist at eight shares as compared to seven noticeable passes for points for MLWR. Each team had a good first half in terms of taking care of the ball with a manageable seven turnovers apiece. Lost possessions hampered the Rebels in the second half as they had 10 turnovers as compared to just six for the Bombers.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 8-11 Bombers: Kyle Kielty - 21 (2), 4, 4, 1; Daniel Gilchrist - 11 (1), 4, 0, 0; Reece Parks - 10, 2, 5, 4; Colton Ziegler - 3, 1, 2, 0; Samuel Goodwin - 2, 1, 0, 0; Quinn Casey - 0, 1, 1, 2; Nolan Wickstrom - 0, 1, 0, 0.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 10-10 Rebels: Kosloski - 21 (5), 3, 0, 1; Jared Witkowski - 7, 9, 2, 0; Isaac Riihiluoma - 5 (1), 0, 1, 2; Thomas Gulso - 2, 5, 3, 1; Evan Hanson - 2, 2, 1, 0; Hunter Klund - 1, 3, 1, 2; Barrett - 0, 5, 1, 1.

The 10-10 Rebels, having lost three out of their last four games, hit reset to play a rescheduled away game in Wrenshall on Thursday, February 16, at 7:15 p.m. The Wrens are also right around the .500 mark. The MLWR boys host a struggling Cook County team on the big floor in Willow River at approximately 6:30 p.m. following the girls game set for 4:45 p.m. on Friday, February 17, and also on the big floor in Willow River.


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