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Rebels steamroll Rails but are unable to overcome Bluejackets' defense


February 28, 2019

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Carter Johnson goes for the shot.

The whistle-stop blew as the Rebels rolled into Proctor Tuesday, February 19. Getting off the bus, like it was a passenger train, they headed into Rail territory. This was to be a hotly contested event.

Proctor had defeated a very good Hibbing team during their last outing. The Rebels had some ideas of their own. Starting the game, everyone seemed to find the range. Moose Lake Willow River started on fire and never looked back. The margin by half time was in favor of the Rebels 42-21. Proctor called time outs, trying to slow down the Rebels. When the break came, it was time for the Rails to plan a comeback during half-time.

Proctor made a run in the second half, but could only come within 12 points. Known for intense defense, Moose Lake Willow River would never let them get closer. Final score was Rebels 69, Rails 48.

Scoring for the Rebels was very balanced: Mason Olson 19, Brady Watrin 15 (9 for 10 at the free throw line), Ben Dewey 12, Logan Orvedahl 12, Adam Dragicevich 8, Michael Olson 3. The Rebels, as a team, were 16 for 20 from the line. Three pointers were made by Mason Olson with 5, Dewey 2, and Orvedahl 2. Watrin pulled down 8 rebounds, Johnson and Dragicevich with 6 each, Mason Olson 3, Ben Dewey and Carter Klund with 2 each, Sam Dewey, Orvedahl, and Michael Olson with 1. Watrin had 5 assists, Ben Dewey 4, Mason Olson 3, Orvedahl 2, Klund and Dragicevich with 1. Watrin had 6 steals.

For Proctor, Jacob Pioro had 15, Quincy Clark 14, Dylan Hom 10, Carter Fuchs 5 and Will Vogel 4. The Rebels did not do much fouling, allowing Proctor to only shoot 11 free throws, making 8 of them.

Not to be outdone, the Rebel JV team had no trouble with the Rail's JV, winning 67-41. Three players scored in double figures: Phillip Sheetz 13, Sam Dewey 12, and Duane Broughton 10. Keeping the sweep alive, the Rebel C team defeated the Rails 51-44. Ethan Burton scored 27 points. Overall, a very successful night for local boys. The varsity record is 18-5, JV record 22-1, and the C team is undefeated.

On Friday, February 22, Hibbing (17-6) defeated Moose Lake Willow River 44-85. Hibbing started out hot and never slowed down. Half-time score was Hibbing 44, MLWR 18. The Bluejackets played outstanding defense and forced the Rebels into many turnovers. The Rebels did not get a lot of good looks at the basket. Earlier in the season, Hibbing lost to Proctor 66-63. MLWR just defeated Proctor. Hibbing is a AAA team with a good chance of competing for the Section 7AAA title. Playing good competition is what the Rebels want in order to make them a better team. The Rebels have two regular season games left before playoffs.

Scoring leader for MLWR was Ben Dewey with 10, followed by Watrin 9, Michael Olson 7, Mason Olson 5, Carter Klund 4, Landin Kurhajetz and Duane Broughton with 3, Johnson 2, and Orvedahl 1. Ben Dewey had 2 three-pointers, Mason Olson and Broughton with 1. Rebels were 10 for 19 from the free throw line. Ben Dewey and Phillip Sheetz had 2 steals, Johnson with 1. Michael Olson had 6 rebounds, Watrin 5, Johnson 4, Landin Kurhajetz 3, Broughton 2, Ben Dewey and Sheetz each with 1.

For Hibbing, Mayson Brown led with 24 including 4 threes, Parker Maki 17 and Ayden McDonald had 16.

The Rebel JV team (22-2) suffered their second loss of the season to Hibbing, losing a close one 48-45. The Rebel C team had their first loss of the year to Hibbing.

The Rebel varsity team's record is 18-6. Their record ranks in the top 20 best records in Minnesota Class AA along with Pequot Lakes. In the Section 7AA-SS1 QRF rankings, Pequot Lakes is first, followed by Esko, Crosby-Ironton, MLWR, Pierz, Pillager, Barnum and Aitkin. In the state Class AA QRF rankings, Pequot is 14th, Esko 15th, and Crosby-Ironton 16th.

The last regular season game is Friday, March 1, in Willow River against Rush City (10-9). JV starts at 5:45pm. It is also senior night to honor Rebels' seniors, Manager Logan Peterson, Carter Klund and Adam Dragicevich. Come out and support the local hoopsters.


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