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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Boys' basketball: Ice cold Pirates fall 68-62 to Warriors, Hollcraft scores season-high 23

  • Crookston's season finishes at 12-15.
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  • Crookston's worst shooting night of the season couldn't have come at a worse time as Warroad's Kruzer Lunos scored 28 points to lead his team to a 68-62 victory in the quarterfinals of the Section 8AA Tournament at Bemidji State Saturday afternoon.
     
    Warroad never trailed in the game.
     
    "We didn't shoot well and that hurt," said Pirate head coach Greg Garmen after the game. "It wasn't good."
     
    Sophomore Aaron Hollcraft, who scored a season-high 22 points in the first round win over Bagley, had another season high with 23 points against Warroad. He finished the season averaging 13.3 points per game.
     
    Sophomore Ryan Porter added 14 points for the Pirates, while senior Alex Boone and junior Michael Hefta each finished with nine points. Senior Travis Vatthauer had five points and senior Alec Boike had two.
     
    Alan Peterson added 13 points for the Warriors, while Kedon Sweetney had 12.
     
    "Sweetney was a tough matchup for us with his speed," Garmen noted. "A lot of those guys have been playing varsity three to four years now and it showed tonight. They took it at us."
     
    Warroad jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the opening minutes and held off Crookston for a 33-23 lead at halftime.
     
    The Pirates hit three first-half three pointers and Hollcraft started the second half with a trey but the outside shooting, which is Crookston's bread and butter, turned ice cold after that.
     
    The Pirates didn't make another three pointer until less than a minute left, where they cut the deficit to six points with 51 seconds left, but Warroad hit its free throws at the end to hold off the Pirates.
     
    Crookston's season finishes at 12-15. It graduates six seniors off the roster, including: Boike, Boone, Vatthauer, Brett Delage, Jacob Lutz and Seth Solheim.
     
    "Some played a lot but they all had a role and played it well," said Garmen. "Whether they were an emotional leader in the locker room or a leader on the floor they all contributed."

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