Pelican Rapids' Ryan Bruggeman scored 33 points as the No. 2 ranked team in Class AA beat the Pirates 73-53 in Pelican Rapids Thursday in a Section 8AA contest.
Senior Alex Boone led the Pirates with 18 points, while sophomore Aaron Hollcraft added ten points. Sophomore Ryan Porter and junior Michael Hefta each had six points.
Tucker Forsgren was Pelican Rapids' next highest scorer with ten points.
The game got off to a bad start for the Pirates as senior Brett Delage, Crookston’s top scorer last season, re-injured his knee that he initially injured during the football season.
Pelican Rapids led 38-22 at halftime and outscored Crookston 35-31 in the second half.
The Pirates are now 3-3 on the season and will compete in the 30th annual Northwest Russ Smith Holiday Classic in Thief River Falls. The tournament begins Thursday with Crookston facing Warren-Alvarado-Oslo at 2:15 p.m.