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Boys basketball: Mariner duo hits 1,000 points

Silver Bay junior Mason Ollman scored his 1,000th career point against Duluth Marshall on Feb. 26. (News-Chronicle file)1 / 2
Silver Bay senior Weston Monson (35) reached the 1,000 career point mark Feb. 25 against Nashwauk-Keewatin. (News-Chronicle file)2 / 2

Northeastern Minnesota has seen its fair share of 1,000 point scorers in 2019, but none have done it quite like Silver Bay's Weston Monson and Mason Ollman.

The pair scored 1,000 points in consecutive games — Monson against Nashwauk-Keewatin on Feb. 25 and Ollman against Duluth Marshall on Feb. 26.

What's more, both players needed only three years of varsity play to reach the milestone. Monson, a senior, wasn't even a starter on the junior varsity team as a freshman. Ollman, a junior, played sparingly his freshman year.

Monson, who is averaging about 19 points a game this season, started the game against Nashwauk-Keewatin, a 73-63 Silver Bay loss, 22 points away. He said his teammates were looking to get him the ball early and often.

"Everybody knew I was close," Monson said. "Mason just gave me a heads up and passed me the ball. I went for the layup and got fouled. I shot my free throws and made them both."

Ollman, who averages a little over 21 points a game, said he felt like he was struggling the next night against Duluth Marshall, an 80-64 loss for the Mariners.

"I was really frustrated cause it was actually the second half and I hadn't scored many points in the first half and we were down a little bit," Ollman said. "I came running up the court and the guy was playing really far back, so I pulled up for a really deep three and made it. Before I knew it, coach was pulling me out of the game and he told me I'd hit my 1,000th point."

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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