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Wolves rout Two Harbors

Jay Greeney
Posted 12/6/17

ELY – The Wolves jumped out front early and never looked back in their season opener on Tuesday, routing Two Harbors 83-35.

Ely started the game with a smothering full court press, forcing …

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ELY – The Wolves jumped out front early and never looked back in their season opener on Tuesday, routing Two Harbors 83-35.

Ely started the game with a smothering full court press, forcing numerous turnovers, which the Wolves turned into easy points. The Agates couldn’t find a solution.

“We limited their output with some very good defense,” said Ely Head Coach Tom McDonald. “We shot the ball very well.”

With the return of a couple of starters and a few reserves who played lots of minutes last year, Ely played like it was mid-season instead of the first game of the year. Whether it was a three-pointer or a drive down the lane the Wolves played with confidence. Depth will be a concern for Ely moving forward as they graduated a large group of seniors.

“It was a great opener for us,” said Head Coach McDonald. “We played very well as a team.”

The huge win allowed the Wolves to clear the bench and get some young players some valuable playing time.

On offense, senior Carter Gaulke led with 21 points and eight assists. Junior Pat Vanderbeek scored 18 points hitting on six of eight three-pointers, while senior Adam McDonald added 14 points. Senior Blaise Lah had a season-opening double-double when he had 14 points to go with 14 rebounds.

Ely is set to host International Falls on Friday, with varsity tip-off at 7:15 p.m.

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