Wavra, Boerger lead Crookston to late win.

    Despite heading into halftime with the lead, Greg Garmen’s club found itself trailing with three and a half minutes left in the game.

    But a 14-0 scoring drive in the final minutes turned in the Crookston Pirates’ favor as the basketball club slipped away with a 61-57 victory over the Win-E-Mac Patriots Tuesday at Crookston High School.

    “It was sort of like the Ada game,” Pirates head coach Greg Garmen said. “We played pretty well in the first half and then struggled to get things going and got down by 10. I thought we shot pretty well from 3-point land and that really helped us and then hitting some crucial free throws down the stretch. Some key steals down the stretch certainly helped.”

    Following an opening field goal in the paint by Crookston, Win-E-Mac went on a 14-2 run to take a 14-4 lead.

    Crookston then answered with a 12-2 run on four straight 3-pointers to tie the game at 16.

    The Patriots reclaimed a small lead at 25-24 late in the first half before Crookston junior Todd Boerger sparked his team’s offense with three baskets from beyond the arc to ultimately give the Pirates a 34-29 halftime lead.

    Throughout the first 11:30 of the second half, Win-E-Mac slowly attacked the boards to eventually take a 53-42 lead over Crookston.

    With three and a half minutes left on the clock, the Pirates found themselves trailing 57-47.

    However a 14-0 shutout run ignited by Chris Wavra Boerger, along with crucial defensive stops at the opposite end, handed Crookston a 61-57 victory.

    “(Win-E-Mac’s) a pretty solid ball club,” Garmen said. “They’re fighting for No. 1 in 8A. They’ve got great size and we don’t but our little guys were able to shoot the ball and get shots off.”

    Crookston improves to 13-10 on the year with Tuesday’s win.

    The Pirates return to the court at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Crookston High School to take on the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons.

    “We’ve got one day to get ready for Fertile,” Garmen said. “They’ve got good size and they’re a scrappy team. I’ve seen them a couple times earlier in the year. I don’t know how things have changed but we’ll have to get a plan and just worry about what the Pirates do and play our game.”

Crookston     34    27....    61
Win-E-Mac    29    28....    57

    Win-E-Mac (20-5)
    Mikah Olson 11, Brekkan Lindberg 11, Marcos Lopez 11, Alec Kiecker 10, Hunter Chaput 8, Emelian Kaya 4, Blake Glass 2.
    Crookston (13-10)
    Chris Wavra 18, Todd Boerger 18, Matt Garmen 7, Nick Garmen 7, Luke Froeber 5, Mitchell Olson 3, Ryan Swenson 3.