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Bombers lose to Rebels - again

It was a busy week for the Barnum boys basketball team. They picked up two wins, but lost to rival Moose Lake-Willow River for the second time this season.

It was a busy week for the Barnum boys basketball team. They picked up two wins, but lost to rival Moose Lake-Willow River for the second time this season.

Friday night the Rebels and the Bombers faced each other, this time in Willow River. Prior to the first meeting, the Bombers were undefeated and enjoying a top-five state ranking, but the Rebels went to Barnum and notched a big win. On Friday night, the Rebels defended their own court and for the second time this season gained the win by a 54-47 margin.

Much like the first meeting, the Rebels jumped out early and took a 29-19 halftime lead and then held on as the Bombers rallied back in the second half.

Joey Bohaty made a big difference in the win as he led the Rebels scoring attack with 24 points. Nate Zuk added 12 points, it was nine for Austin Jacobsen, Lucas Probst added four, Jim Mach finished with three points and Travis Wagers added a pair.

For Barnum, Curtis Houle was the scoring leader with 12 points, Erik Johnson added nine, Dylan Eggen added eight points, it was seven each for Kyle Grimm and Josh Earlywine, and Steiner Aronsson finished with four points.

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  • Monday night, the Bombers rebounded with a 58-54 victory over Mora as Houle poured in 28 points, Earlywine recorded 15, it was four each for Erik Johnson and Eggen, Grimm scored three and it was two apiece for Austin Haley and Alex Johnson.

"Mora had us in the height department and I felt our kids played well," mentioned Barnum coach Rich Newman. "We were up by nine points with under two minutes to go and then we missed two front ends of one-and-one free throws. Also a traveling turnover enabled Mora to cut it to three points."
Barnum led just 28-22, but held on for the win as they connected for seven three-pointers in the game compared to four for the Mustangs who were led by the 12 points of Jake Oslin.

The game wasn't decided until Dylan Eggen hit one out of two free throws to ice the game with 2 seconds remaining.

"We are going to have to do a better job of game management at the end of games to compete in the section tournament," explained Newman. "We have a week off now to prepare for playoffs and we are looking forward to getting that done."

  • Last Thursday, the Bombers defeated Wrenshall 71-59 after trailing at halftime 36-33.

"They took it to us the first half and shot the ball well," recalled Newman. "We went in the locker room lucky to be down by just three points. I felt our team didn't give a very good defensive effort and lacked intensity. We were unable to match Wrenshall's intensity."
Houle led the Bombers on offense with 24 points and Earlywine was right behind with 23. Aronsson finished with seven, it was five for Eggen, while Grimm and Mike Gilliuson both scored four points, Erik Johnson finished with three, and Jake Waseen finished with a point.

"The second half was a good battle," stated Newman. "We came out and showed some patience on offense and we were able to get a 42-40 lead just 3 minutes into the half. We executed pretty [well] on offense, but defensively we had trouble and Wrenshall did a good job of hitting their shots."

Wrenshall was led by the 22 points of Evan Swanson and the 17 points of Jon Bartczak. Kyle Ziebarth added eight for the Wrens, it was five for Joshua Jacobson, Jordan Berglund finished with four points and Chad Austin recorded a pair.

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