In the first game the Rebels were able to take a three-point win in Barnum, but this time the Bombers got revenge by taking the two-point victory in the Rebel's home gym. Free throw shooting turned out to be a big factor in the game as the Bombers went 8-for-12 from the line and the Rebels were just 1-for-9 from the charity stripe.
"Joaquim and I are U.S. Air Force brats and the children of two enlisted military parents," said Carlton coach Jes-wa Harris, the younger of the two brothers. "We were born in New York and moved to Arizona and then to California until our parents were separated by duty assignments." Eventually, Jes-wa moved to New Mexico, while Joaquim stayed in California. Jes-wa then moved to Turkey with his father and ended up in the middle of the Gulf War.
> "The game was fast paced and then they started pressing in the last part of the game," Panther head coach Joaquim Harris said. "We missed a lot of free throws and some easy layups." Fond du Lac's pressure defense started to pay off in the second half and as a result the Ogichida created 17 turnovers in the game which helped them on the offensive side of the floor.
"I am very happy with how the team is progressing," CEC coach Al Denman said. "Overall, this team is very competitive for their age. I feel they are ahead of the game in their development, which will be seen in the next two years as they start to dominate."
The 'Jacks got a chance Saturday, Jan. 6, to find out where they are competitively with some of the best teams in the area when they participated in the Superior Spartan Wrestling Classic.
"Both teams wanted to pick up full court defensively and play uptempo offensively," Cards coach Bill Pocernich said. "Both teams committed a lot of fouls, which disrupted the flow and the preferred lineups for both teams, but overall, it was a fun game." Wrenshall coach Jon Bartczak said the Cromwell gymnasium is "always a tough place to play."
"The game flow was up and down, but there were more turnovers than I would like for our team," Cloquet coach Heather Young said. "It is OK to take chances, but some of the chances we took were careless. We did do a pretty good job of holding Hermantown in check, I felt, defensively, and we were able to capitalize at times on their turnovers."
"We were playing good basketball in the first half, with not too many turnovers," FDL coach Earl Otis said. "We played good defense in the first half as well."
Junior Adam Dragicevich has made himself into a player for us. Sophomore Michael Olson is another kid who worked his tail off this summer and it paid off for him as he worked his way into a starting gig, but unfortunately, he ruptured his Achilles tendon in our second game and will miss the rest of the season."
"The kids don't need a lot of motivating to get ready for Wrenshall," Carlton coach Andrew Weber said. "It is a great rivalry among the two teams. We came out and pressured them and then we took advantage of some transition baskets." The Bulldogs came out with a press that eventually pushed them to a 33-10 halftime lead, with many points coming off turnovers.