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Ely stays perfect in early going

Wolves rout Hill City and beat bigger I-Falls squad, 76-61

Jay Greeney
Posted 12/13/17

HILL CITY – Ely used an aggressive full court pressure and a quick strike offense to overpower Hill City on Saturday, 89-35. The Wolves were again able to clear the bench to get some valuable …

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Ely stays perfect in early going

Wolves rout Hill City and beat bigger I-Falls squad, 76-61

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HILL CITY – Ely used an aggressive full court pressure and a quick strike offense to overpower Hill City on Saturday, 89-35. The Wolves were again able to clear the bench to get some valuable playing time for the underclassmen as they have been playing a small rotation in close games so far this year.

“We got down early but played well after that,” said Ely Head Coach Tom McDonald. “We jumped out to a 49-27 halftime lead and continued to add to our lead in the second half.”

Ely appears to be playing with plenty of confidence, but they will face some stiff competition in their next couple games that will test their early season mettle.

The Wolves had four players in double figures against the Hornets, led by Adam McDonald who scored 32 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Carter Gaulke had 18 points along with nine assists while Blaise Lah notched another double-double, with ten points and 13 rebounds. Trevor Mattson added 11 points.

The Wolves were tested by a much taller International Falls team last Friday. The Wolves shot the ball well and limited their turnovers early to build a big lead and cruised to a 76-61 win.

The Wolves didn’t let their lack of size bother them as they rebounded well and continued to drive to the hoop for layups.

“We did a nice job of rebounding against a bigger, more physical team,” said Ely Head Coach Tom McDonald. “We played well as a team offensively.”

Ely had a number of big performances and was led again by senior Adam McDonald who put up 32 points along with five rebounds and Carter Gaulke, who notched 23 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

Ely heads to North Woods on Friday to take on the undefeated Grizzlies. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

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