By Irishdew
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

9th Grade Rebels take second after 4 overtimes


Moose Lake Willow River 9th grade Rebels played in the Pacesetter Region 7 basketball tournament at Grand Rapids High School on Sunday, March 31. The other teams playing were: Bigfork, Crosby-Ironton, International Falls, Hawley, Deer River, Mountain-Iron-Buhl, Grand Rapids, Nevis, Ely, Warroad, Brainerd, Duluth Marshall and Northland.

MLWR was awarded a bye the first round and played Crosby-Ironton in their first game. The Rebels were leading by 10 at half-time and won with a final score of 51-26. For their second contest, they faced Deer River who had just defeated Hawley. At half-time the Rebels were ahead 28-16. They won that game easily, 50-36. That win put them in the championship game against Brainerd.

The Rebels have played Brainerd before and it has always been a close match. Sometimes the Rebels win and sometimes Brainerd wins. This game was no exception. At half-time the Rebels were down 15-21. Brainerd’s big guy inside, #13, gave them problems. He shot 9 free throws and had most of Brainerd's points. Phillip Sheetz hit 3 threes to start the second half and make it a game. At the regulation buzzer, the game was tied 38-38. At the end of the first overtime, it was 44-44. At the end of the second overtime it was tied 44-44. At the end of the third overtime it was still 44-44. The game went into a fourth overtime. Both teams were very intense and wanted to take the championship. Brainerd won it 52-48.

The Rebel players were Landin Kurhajetz, Phillip Sheetz, Sam Dewey, Duane Broughton, Logan Orvedahl, Chance Lunde, Conner Welch, Ethan Burton, Zach Youngs, Dom Beaulieu, Luke Dewey, and Kaden Durkin. The Rebels were coached by Ben Dewey.


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