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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels boys use stats to beat Cardinals


Al Rose

Thomas Gulso led the Rebels with a career-high 22 points on Friday, February 24 in Moose Lake.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels boys basketball team used superior statistics in every category except one to beat the Cromwell-Wright Cardinals 68-53 on a night that inducted two into the Wall of Fame and recognized the elementary boys basketball program on Friday, February 24, in Moose Lake. The Rebels jumped to a 37-21 halftime lead.

The Rebels record improved to 13-11, while Cromwell-Wright went even at 12-12. The Cardinals had three in the low double digits, while MLWR had two in higher double figures.

The Rebels were led by Thomas Gulso's career-high 22 points, including four of his team's six three-pointers. Ryan Barrett, with games in a row in double figures, was one point behind with 21, including one outside the arc. Barrett almost had a double-double with eight rebounds, including five of the Rebels' seven offensive boards. The Cardinals allowed lead scorer Avery Kosloski only four points and kept second leading scorer Isaac Riihiluoma to eight points.

Zion Smith led the Cardinals with 12 points, including one three-pointer. Ryan Juntunen had 11 and also had one outside the arc. Marcus Pochernich had 10, including two three-pointers.

The Rebels shot a hot 6-for-12 on threes in the first half, but got blanked at 0-for-6 in the second half to end up at 6-for-18 (33 percent). The Cardinals suffered a 1-for-11 first half on threes, but were able to make 4-for-13 in the second half to end up at 5-for-24 (21 percent).

MLWR was a solid 21-for-39 (54 percent) in the paint, while the Cardinals went 11-for-31 (35 percent) on the lane game. The Rebels had an overall field goal rate of 27-for-57 (47 percent), while Cromwell-Wright had an overall rate of 16-for-55 (29 percent). MLWR added a perfect 8-for-8 on free throws while the Cardinals were 16-for-25 (64 percent) at the stripe.

The Rebels had 31 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, while the Cardinals had 21 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards. MLWR had one more steal at 7-6. The Rebels had a very good night passing for scores with 12 shares, including one beautiful ally-oop assist from Kosloski to Gulso to start the second half. The Cardinals had only six readily apparent assists. Both teams did very admirable jobs of taking care of the ball as MLWR had only seven turnovers, while the Cardinals had just eight lost possessions.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 12-12 Rebels: Gulso - 22 (4), 2, 2, 2; Barrett- 21 (1), 8, 2, 2; Riihiluoma - 8, 6, 2, 3; Kosloski - 4, 3, 0, 1; Colton Little - 4, 0, 0, 0; Evan Hansen - 3 (1), 1, 0, 1; Hunter Klund - 2, 1, 1, 0; Michael Olson - 2, 1, 0, 0; Nick Walczynski - 2, 0, 0, 0; Jared Witkowski - 0, 6, 2, 3. Carter Klund - 0, 1, 0, 0.

The Rebels host the Rush City Tigers for the regular-season finale on Thursday, March 2, in Moose Lake at 7:15 p.m. Section 7AA playoff action begins on Thursday, March 9, at the higher seeds at 7 p.m.


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