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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Boys' basketball: Pirates complete season sweep of Warriors, 88-37

  • Emmanuel McCullough leads the way with 21 points.
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  • Pirate senior center Emmanuel McCullough scored 21 points, upping his season average to 19 points per game in 12 games, to lead Crookston in an 88-37 lopsided victory over Warroad Tuesday in Crookston.
    "We'll take it," Pirate head coach Greg Garmen said after the big win. "We got everyone rolling and played a lot of kids.
    "We were throwing the ball around early," Garmen continued. "We need to take care of that ball. We need to do all the things that nobody likes to do like box out, play defense and all those types of things."
    The Pirates defeated the Warriors 90-41 in Warroad, Minn. Dec. 13.
    Crookston is now 9-3 on the season and 5-1 against Section 8AA opponents. The Pirates will travel to Roseau, Minn. Thursday to face the Rams, Moorhead, Minn. on Saturday to take on Frazee at Concordia College, and then finish the busy stretch at home Monday against Climax/Fisher.
    "We need to make sure we play with focus, compete and give it our all," Garmen said of the busy stretch. "Concordia-Moorhead will be a different atmosphere so we'll need to be focused there."
    Junior guard Ryan Porter added 13 points for Crookston, while junior guard Seth Desrosier had 10 points. Juniors Danny Davidson, Aaron Hollcraft, Jonathan Miller and senior Michael Hefta each chipped in eight points. Senior Cody Klamm hit a pair of second-half threes for six points.
    "We have a bunch of kids that can shoot," coach Garmen said. "Jonathan Miller can hit that baseline jumper. Nobody else likes that shot but he does, and he's a pest on defense, which is what we like."
    The Pirates jumped out to a 47-20 lead at halftime, thanks to an 18-0 run midway through the half to go up 32-13 with about six minutes left. A couple minutes later an 11-0 run by the Pirates, which included four points from Davidson, stretched the lead to 45-18 with 1:17 remaining.
    Warroad couldn't keep up with Crookston in the second half as Hollcraft and Desrosier set the tone with back-to-back threes in the opening minute.
    Crookston's largest lead came on the final bucket by junior guard Joey Koenig, giving the Pirates the 51-point victory.
    Warroad was led by 13 points from Kobe Ratsavongsy-Sivixay and 11 points from Tommy Vilaphone.
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