Crookston hit 12 three-point shots in their 30 point win over the Prowlers.
Crookston shot like kings from behind the arc in their 64-34 win against Thief River Falls. Between 12 three-pointers and nine different Pirates scoring, Crookston cruised to their second straight win over the Thief River Falls Prowlers.
With the win, Crookston ended a three game losing streak and improved to 10-10 with six games to play in the regular season.
“We needed a win in a bad way,” Head Coach Greg Garmen said. “We didn’t have a very good practice yesterday, but they rallied and got re-focused. Any time we play Thief [River Falls], it’s always good to win because we’ve struggled with them over the years.”
Junior forward Nick Garmen set the tone early with three straight treys to help Crookston to an early 9-3 lead. Fellow junior forward Blake Fee followed suit with a couple of threes and the Pirates already led 15-3.
Garmen added another three and junior forward Jaden Lubarski got in on the arc action with his first of the game. The first two-point field goal by Crookston did not come until 7:19 left in the first half when a basket by Garmen to put Crookston ahead 25-12. Garmen finished with 21 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season.
“That’s just kind of how it turned out,” Sophomore Center Caden Osborn said on all the three-point shots. “We try to get down low, but then when people start getting hot, you just have to get it to them.”
Sophomore guard hit the Pirates’ eighth three of the half. Free throws by senior forward Jackson Seibel and a basket by Lubarski capped off an impressive half by Crookston and they led 32-17 at halftime.
While the Pirates did not shoot as many treys in the second half, their offense did not diminish. Lubarski started off the half with points in the paint and Osborn followed up with six straight points. Osborn tallied four more in the half to reach 10 points for the game.
“Everything just started to click,” Osborn said. “We started to get it inside and I was able to put a couple moves on guys. The first half I just wasn’t ready so it’s good I was able to score some points in the second half.”
The ninth three of the game came from Lubarski which equaled 10 points on the night for him. Senior center Carter Winand scored his first points with 5:20 remaining in the game and shot a three-pointer moments later.
The biggest three of the night came with less than a minute in the game when senior forward Jared Theis entered the game with points on his mind. Theis’ first attempt missed, but a rebound by sophomore center Brady Butt gave Theis another chance. This time, he capitalized on the opportunity and drained a three from the corner for his first points of the season which brought the Pirate fans to their feet.
“It’s amazing when Jared scores,” Osborn said. “The whole bench just gets super excited. It’s a special moment.”
Crookston finished the game winning 64-34, their largest margin of victory this season. Also, nine different Pirates scored for just the second time this season.
“It’s good to develop a little depth,” Garmen said. “Carter had to sit on the bench most of the first half after two quick fouls, but it’s good to see other kids get some confidence in scoring the ball and that will only help us.”
With the losing streak snapped and the Pirates back at .500, they will continue their home stand with a game against Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.