"He is a crowd favorite," said Pirate head coach Greg Garmen of Lutz.
The Pirates had little problem defeating rival Climax/Fisher Monday in Fisher by the score of 71-39, but the biggest cheers came with the final point as Pirate senior Jacob Lutz hit a free throw.
"He is a crowd favorite," said Pirate head coach Greg Garmen of Lutz. "He just came out this year and he is a good kid, good kid. He won't soon forget tonight. We are making good memories."
Sophomore Ryan Porter led all scorers with 15 points, while senior Travis Vatthauer added 14 points for lead the Pirates. Senior Alex Boone had 11, while junior center Michael Hefta posted ten points and sophomore Aaron Hollcraft added eight.
"Ryan and Travis shot well early," noted coach Garmen. "Ryan has been coming on lately. He was getting some tough boards amongst some big bodies. Travis has had a roller coaster season. He came out of an early season slump with six threes against Warroad and he was hitting them tonight."
The Pirates were able to play 13 of 15 players.
"Brett (Delage) has been starting to trust his knee more in the last few practices," said Garmen. "The test will be the next few games. Brett passes well and shoots well. He hasn't had a lot of looks, though."
Senior Elijah Swenson led Climax/Fisher with seven points, while seniors Grant Egeland and Jaden Altepeter each had six.
Both teams came out of the gate with high energy and Climax/Fisher held a 6-5 lead about two minutes in before the Pirates went on a 7-0 run, which was capped by a baseline three from Vatthauer with 12:23 left.
A few minutes later another Vatthauer three from the baseline started a 13-0 run, which spanned about two minutes and included a Porter three. The Pirates led 27-10 with 8:19 left in the first half.
Crookston led 41-20 at halftime and started the second half with a 16-0 run that included threes from Porter and Hollcraft. Leading 57-20 with 13:20 left to play the Pirates cruised to victory.
Climax/Fisher falls to 2-7 on the season and will host Lake Park-Audubon today in Climax.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Crookston, who improves to 6-6. The Pirates will travel to Thief River Falls Friday to face the Prowlers, who won 67-41 over the Pirates at the holiday tournament in Thief River Falls. On Saturday Crookston will face Frazee at Concordia-Moorhead at 6 p.m. with the girls’ teams to follow at about 7:30 p.m.