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By Irishdew
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Pine City takes down Rebels, Rebels over Rush City 60-35


Pine City, with an impressive record of 21-3, paid a visit to the Willow River gym Tuesday, February 26. The Dragons were out to prove their record was for real. They started fast and did not slow down. The half-time score was Dragons 36, Rebels 14.

Their style was to full court press man-to-man and trap everything in the half court. MLWR struggled to find good shooting opportunities. The Dragons pride themselves on shooting as many three-point shots as they can get. The Dragons shot 35 three-point shots and made 10 (29 percent). The Rebels also took 35 three-point shots but only made 6 (17 percent). Pine City plays with a high level of intensity and they do not give up many uncontested shots. Shooting was a problem for the Rebels. No one seemed to find the range except Carter Johnson who finished with the most points of 12, Brady Watrin 9, Mason Olson 7, Sam Dewey 6, Logan Orvedahl 5, Michael Olson 3, and Adam Dragicevich, Ben Dewey, Phillip Sheetz, Duane Broughton, Keegan Noyes each had 2.

The Rebels out-rebounded the Dragons 45-42. Ben Dewey led the team in steals with 3. Watrin pulled down 9 rebounds, followed by Dragicevich 6, Ben Dewey 5, Johnson 4, Orvedahl 4, Landin Kurhajetz 3, Duane Broughton 2, Carter Klund 1. Watrin, Ben Dewey and Broughton each grabbed 2 steals. The final score was Pine City 71, MLWR 53.

Jake Adams and Seth Logan for the Dragons each finished the game with 20 points. Pine City ended their season with a record of 23-3, defeating Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars for the Great River Conference championship with a record of 14-0 in the conference.

The Rebels’ JV dominated the Dragons with a big victory 74-50. Sheetz connected on 6 threes and finished with 26 points. The C-team won a close one earlier that night 36-33.

Friday, March 1, the Rush City Tigers were at Willow River to finish the regular season play for the Rebels. The Rebels were ahead at the half 33-17 and finished with a victory, 60-35 despite their cold shooting streak. Mason Olson had 13 points, Dragicevich and Watrin 10, Michael Olson 9, Orvedahl 4, Johnson and Sheetz 3, Kurhajetz, Klund, Danielson 2, and Ben Dewey 1. MLWR Rebels made 12 out of 16 from the free-throw line for 75 percent. Mason Olson made 3 threes, Sheetz, Michael Olson and Johnson each made 1.

The Rebels finished the regular season with an overall record of 19 wins and 7 losses. They were 9-4 at home and 10-3 at away games. Their Polar League-Big record was 5-1. MLWR finished the season ranked 34th in the Class AA state QRF rankings.

Leading scorer for the Tigers was Brandon Guptill with 11.

The MLWR Rebels JV had a 30-point victory over the Tigers winning 56-26. Sheetz and Sam Dewey led the team in scoring. The Rebels’ C-team lost a close one to the Tigers.

The Section 7AA-S1 final rankings with QRF seeding are: Esko, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, MLWR, Pierz, Pillager, Barnum, and Aitkin. The Section 7AA tournament starts March 5 and the Rebels play Pierz (14-10) at home. Pierz is ranked 47th in the state Class AA QRF rankings. The section tournament continues on Saturday, March 9 with the winner of Tuesday’s game playing at Duluth Denfeld at 7:15. The opponent is the winner of the Esko-Aitkin game. The remainder of the tournament games are on Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 14 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


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