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By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLWR boys' basketball finish regular season 17-11


March 15, 2018

Dan Lingle

Ryan Barrett, no. 14, navigates around Esko's Adam Trapp.

In the first round of the Minnesota State High School League's 7AA Sub-Section 1 on Tuesday March 6, the MLWR boys' basketball team traveled to Pillager to take on Jim Bentson's Pillager Huskies. It was a tight game and the referees called it close. There were 45 fouls called. MLWR was called for 21 and Pillager 24. Avery Koslowski hit 13 for 14 of his free throw shots. The Rebels were ahead six to 10 points the entire second half. Everybody got in the game and the final score was 76-66. Avery Koslowski had 24 points, Brady Watrin 18, Adam Dragicevich 16, Thomas Gulso 10 and a dunk, Ryan Barrett five, and Mason Olson three.

With their win over Pillager, MLWR earned the right to compete in the quarter-finals boys' basketball tournament held at UMD's Romano Gym on Saturday March 10. They took on the Esko Eskomos at 7:15.

Dan Lingle

A tale of two Adams: MLWR's Adam Dragicevich head-to-chin with Esko's Adam Trapp, who is 7'3".

The Rebels started out hot leading 10-6 with Brady Watrin and Avery Koslowski both draining threes. Coach Wes Cummins and his coaching crew limited Esko's possessions by ball control offense. The game stayed close and within reach the entire game. The Rebels didn't use Adam Dragicevich inside in the first half because of Esko's 7'3" Adam Trapp. At half-time Esko led 32-19.

The Rebels scored 24 points in the second half. MLWR missed a few shots and added a some turnovers but they had the game within six near the end. With less than three minutes to go, Esko stalled and MLWR had to foul to get the ball back. Esko made 13 out of 16 free throws in the second half and put the game out of reach.

The Rebels made seven three-point shots, seven two-point shots and were eight for 10 at the line. Esko put in only four three-point shots but made 16 two-point shots and 15 for 21 at the line. Avery Koslowski had 16 points, Thomas Gulso eight, Brady Watrin eight, Adam Dragicevich seven and Ryan Barrett four.


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