By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Sixth grade boys lose on a buzzer beater


Photo courtesy Mary Ellen Dewey

Front row, l to r: Cobe Kirk, Luke Dewey, Brady Robbins, Dawson Mortenson and Kaden Robbins. Back row, l to r: Coach Chad Robbins, Hunter Van Heel, Joey Steen, Coach Al VonRueden, Tyler VonRueden, Nolan Nelson and Coach Paul Dewey.

MLWR sixth grade boys' basketball team competed in the Pacesetter Region 1 tournament in Rochester on Sunday, March 25. The top team qualifies to play in the Minnesota State Championship in June.

The other teams were Lewiston-Altura, Lake City, Lanesboro, St. Charles, LaCrescent-Hokah, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Rushford-Peterson, Fillmore-Central, Kasson-Mantorville, Stewartville, Faribault-Bethlehem Academy and Byron.

The Rebels faced LaCrescent-Hokah in the first round, and at half-time, the Rebels were ahead 19-9. The game ended with a victory 38-21.

They moved on in the winners bracket and played Lake City next. Lake City had a post player who was a match-up with the Rebels post player, and he did most of the scoring. At the half, Rebels led 12-11. With just one minute left, the game was tied. The Lakers made a buzzer beater to win the game 31-29. With that loss, the young ball players competed for third place.

MLWR third place game was against Rushford-Peterson. At the half, MLWR was winning 26-17. It was a fun game for the Rebels with everybody rotating in and out of the game every four minutes. At the end of regulation, the Rebels won 40-34 and were presented with the third place medals and an invitation to attend the Pacesetter Minnesota Invitational Tournament (MIT) in June at Maple Grove.

Lake City went on to defeat Stewartville and became the champions from Region 1. In past tournaments, when the Rebels have played Stewartville, MLWR has come out as the winner.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, Moose Lake and Willow River schools will be the hosts to the Pacesetter Region 7 tournament. There will be over 50, boys' and girls' teams, grades 4-9, all from Minnesota coming into town to compete.


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