The Pirates performed well on the court and then honored the seniors after.
Back on December 27, the Roseau Rams scored 73 points against the Pirates resulting in a 17 point loss for Crookston. On February 22, the Rams scored 73 points again, but this time the Pirates landed on the winning side besting Roseau by one point and earning the 74-73 victory on Senior Night.
Senior guard Todd Boerger led the team in points for the second straight game with 23. Sophomore center Caden Osborn put up 19. In Osborn’s nine games as a starter, he averages 12 points per game.
Senior center Carter Winand added 14, junior forward Blake Fee notched six, junior forward Nick Garmen scored three as did sophomore guard Walker Winjum and senior forward Jackson Seibel tallied two.
The two teams went into the locker room in a 30-30 deadlock. When they came out, Boerger and Osborn started off the half combining for Crookston’s first 17 points.
Boerger scored the first eight with two treys and a layup on a long pass for a 38-32 lead.
Osborn worked in the paint and scored on back-to-back possessions extending the Pirates’ lead to 42-35.
The Rams answered with a 13-5 run and regained the lead 48-47. Free throws by Winand gave Crookston a 49-48 lead, but four straight points including points from a steal put the Pirates down 52-49 with 10:28 to play.
The game stayed close throughout the entirety of the second half. The Pirates found themselves trailing 73-72 with less than a minute to play. Crookston scored the game-winning basket in the final 30 seconds and made the defensive stop necessary for the win.
Crookston has won four of their last six and with the most recent win, raised their record to 13-12 with only one game to play in the regular season. The Pirates ended their home play with a record of 8-5.
For the final game of the regular season, Crookston travels to Barnesville on Tuesday, February 27. In their last meeting this season, Crookston defeated the Trojans 58-42. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.