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By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels now 10-3 defeat Aitkin and Silver Bay


January 16, 2020

Watrin 6 Photography

Rebels' sophomore Landin Kurhajetz pulled down 18 rebounds (13 defensive and 5 offensive) in the Silver Bay game and scored 12 points.

The Aitkin Gobblers were host to the three Moose Lake Willow River boys' basketball teams on Tuesday, January 7. The Gobblers were 5-4 coming into the contest.

The Aitkin team was taller than the Rebels. Their center, Manni Ukutegbe, was six-foot seven-inches and led in scoring for the Gobblers with 23. Hunter Nissen, a junior guard, was six-feet tall and had 19 of the Gobblers' points.

The Rebels led by ten at half time, but near the end of regulation time Aitkin made a comeback and it became a close contest. Aitkin had to foul to get the ball back. The Rebels excelled in their free-throw shooting, making 12 out of 16 for 80 percent. Mason Olson was eight-for-eight near the end of the game. He finished with 21 points. Rebels won 61-53.

Brady Watrin had 19, Phillip Sheetz 8, Michael Olson and Ben Dewey each had 3, Sam Dewey, Logan Orvedahl and Landon Kurhajetz each with 2, and Carter Johnson with 1. Mason Olson made three 3-pointers, Watrin and Sheetz two, and Ben Dewey and Michael Olson each with one. Watrin had 14 rebounds and five assists. Michael Olson had five defensive rebounds and three assists.

The MLWR's junior varsity team won 55-40. The Rebels' C-team beat the Gobblers, 45-33.

On Thursday, January 9, the Silver Bay Mariners came down to the Moose Lake gymnasium. It was originally scheduled as a boys' and girls' double-header but the Silver Bay girls had to cancel because they couldn't field a team. It was a fun night for the Rebels, scoring 42 points in the first half and 42 points in the second half, to win 84-40. The Post-Prom Committee was selling root-beer floats and the band and choir were selling 50/50 tickets. Michael Olson, senior starter, sang the national anthem before the varsity game. The enthusiastic student section added their energy and enjoyment that brought smiles to the faces of the fans. The group also asked the referee to come over and take a picture of them.

The game was filled with the ball going in the hoop, sinking 12 three-pointers and 23 two-point shots. Rebels were two-for-eleven from the free throw line for only 18 percent. Kurhajetz, Watrin and Ben Dewey were the rebounding leaders. Kurhajetz had an amazing 18 rebounds. Michael Olson, Kurhajetz, and Logan Orvedahl led in assists with four each. Sheetz had three threes, Sam Dewey and Connor Welch each had two threes, and Ben Dewey, Orvedahl, Watrin, Mason Olson, and Johnson each added one. The Rebels had ten players scoring again. Leading the team in points was Brady Watrin with 21, Sheetz 13, Kurahjetz 12, Sam Dewey 9, Ben Dewey 7, Welch 6, Mason Olson and Orvedahl with five each, Johnson 4, and Chance Lunde with 2.

For the Mariners, Mason Ollman 20. Ollman and Riley Triboni each made three threes.

Silver Bay did not have a C-team. The Rebels' junior varsity won the preliminary game 75-29.

Games in the coming week are Friday, January 17, the Rebels travel to Floodwood to take on the Section 7A Polar Bears with a 1-9 record. Tuesday, January 21, they will be in Crosby-Ironton to go up against the 9-3 Rangers for a 7:30 p.m. start time game.


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