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Rebel-Bomber boys play an energetic, competitive game


December 13, 2018

Dan Lingle

Rebels Mason Olson drives in over Bombers Jared Haley to score.

Moose Lake Willow River boys' basketball team took on the Virginia Blue Devils on Tuesday, December 4, in the Willow River gym. The game was very competitive. Virginia led 36- 29 at half and won the game 78-61. Shooting was a problem for the Rebels. They made only two three-point shots. They shot 41 percent from the field. Scoring for the Rebels were Brady Watrin with 21, Mason Olson 12, Ben Dewey 10, Carter Johnson nine, Adam Dragicevich eight and Logan Orvedahl one. Dragicevich led the team in rebounds with eight, Watrin had five, and Dewey and Johnson each with three. Watrin, Dewey and Olson each had two assists. Dragicivich had three steals and Dewey and Olson each had two. The Rebels were 11 for 19 from the free throw line. Virginia's Sophomore Nick Peters, scored 21 points for the Blue Devils and Junior Kyle Williams made 17. Virginia was nine for 17 from the line and made five three-point shots. Virginia outsized the Rebels with four players 6"4" or taller. Coach Wes Cummins said, "Virginia is one of the best teams in the section ... so this was an important game for us. Even though we lost we walked away thinking that we could beat them."

Prior to the varsity game, the MLWR JV defeated Virginia 85-24. Scoring for the Rebels: Philip Sheetz 23, Landin Kurhajetz 16, Duane Broughton 12, Michael Olson 10, Sam Dewey and Logan Orvedahl had eight apiece, and Gabe Nelson, Eli Werner, and Logan Privette each with two.

The seventh graders defeated Hermantown 60-33 before the JV game and the eighth grade got a victory 48-29. On Thursday, December 6, the seventh grade came out on top of Carlton 60-16 and the eighth grade won 55-28 in the Willow River gym.

The arch rivals, Barnum Bombers, came to play in Moose Lake Willow River's house on Friday. The stands were full of fans and the band played. The atmosphere was energetic and lively. Around 100 kids shot free throws for a two-liter of pop at half-time. Competition was intense. Mason Olson scorched the nets making eight of 14 three-point shots for a blistering 57 percent, finishing with 33 total points. The Bombers tried a half-court press unsuccessfully. The Rebels drove through the press for easy baskets. At the half, it was Rebels 25 Bombers 21. Rebels out-scored Barnum in the second half, 30-23 for a final Rebels 55-Barnum 44. Others scoring for the Rebels, Dragicevich had six points, Watrin five, Johnson four, Michael Olson three and Dewey two. Leading for Barnum was Tyler Nynas with 14 and Sam Goodwin 11. Barnum was two for 10 at the line. Leading in assists for the Rebels was Dewey with six, Watrin and Mason Olson each had two. Johnson led the team with four steals. The Rebels were 10 for 17, 59 percent from the free throw line. Dragicevich and Mason Olson led the team in rebounds with six each.

MLWR won the junior varsity game 63-44. Sheetz led with 19, Michael Olson 12, Kurhajetz 10, Sam Dewey seven, Broughton and Orvedahl six, and Nelson two. The Rebel's C team had a four-point victory over Barnum.

The Rebels are at Cook County on Friday, December 14 with an early start of 4:45 and will host Eveleth-Gilbert on Monday. Eveleth-Gilbert does not have a C-team.


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