The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team used a balanced scoring attack with four players in double-figure scoring to beat the Thief River Falls Prowlers (TRF) 70-57 in a Section 8AA game played at the Crookston High School gymnasium in Crookston.
TRF had a great start when they made two three-pointers for a 6-0 lead 55 seconds into the game. Crookston responded nicely with a Walker Winjum three-pointer, a basket from Caden Osborn and another three-pointer from Winjum for an 8-6 lead three minutes into the game. “Walker was hot early and that was good,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “It was a nice way to answer after they hit some shots early on.” The teams had three lead changes and one tie over a three-minute span and the Prowlers led 17-13 with 11:37 left in the half. Crookston trailed 19-16 when Nick Garmen scored, Jaden Lubarski followed with a basket and Nick Garmen added a three-pointer for a 23-19 lead halfway through the first half. The teams were tied at 25 with 5:37 left in the half when Carter Bruggeman scored back-to-back baskets for the Pirates and Chris Kazmierczak added a three-pointer from the top of the key to give Crookston a 32-25 lead, their biggest lead of the half. TRF added a basket late in the half and Crookston took a 32-27 lead into halftime. “That was huge going into halftime with a lead,” said Coach Garmen. “Carter Bruggeman had some big shots and Kaz (Chris Kazmierczak) had a big three-pointer for us late. We were able to keep them in check and Walker, Easton Tangquist and Kaz played some good defense on (Brevyn) Lingen and held him to two points in the half so that was huge.”
Crookston had a solid start to the second half with a Nick Garmen three-point play for a 35-27 lead and after the teams exchanged baskets the Prowlers’ Gunnar Aune scored six straight points and the Pirate lead was two points 37-35 four minutes into the second half. Crookston answered with an 8-2 run with three-pointers from Jack Garmen and Walker Winjum and an Osborn basket for a 45-37 lead, tying their biggest lead of the game. Thief River Falls tried to get some kind of a run going in the final nine minutes of the game, but Crookston had an answer every time and expanded the lead to double-figures and held on the rest of the way for a 70-57 victory. “We kept it simple and played man defense most of the night,” said Coach Garmen. “We didn’t feel comfortable until the final minutes, but it was nice to finish strong and make some free throws. It certainly helps having four players in double figures and kids were finding Walker early.”
Crookston improves to 7-11 on the year and will travel to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Tuesday. Thief River Falls drops to 6-13 on the year.
C Squad – TRF won 43-28
|1st Half||2nd Half||Final|
|Thief River Falls||27||30||57|
|Caden Osborn||22||9||4 assists/4 steals|
|Walker Winjum||14||2 assists/2 steals|
|Nick Garmen||13||9||3 assists|
|Jaden Lubarski||11||3||3 assists|
|For Thief River Falls||Points|