Nick Garmen moved up in the Pirates' all-time scoring list in the Warroad game.

   The Crookston Pirates played two games in as many days taking on the Warroad Warriors on the road and the Sacred Heart Eagles at a neutral site in Grand Forks. The Pirates dropped their contest to the Warriors 63-53 and the game with the Eagles 66-54.

    The back-to-back losses extend Crookston's losing streak to three in a row and drop their record to (6-11, 4-8 Section 8AA).

Warroad L 63-53

WARROAD - Crookston stuck it to the Warriors 79-65 when these two teams met earlier this season in Crookston. This time around, Warroad limited the Pirates' offense and took the grudge match 63-53.

    Jett Shoen (Sr. F), Virgil Laznicka (So. F) and Tyler Fox (Sr. G) provided the main spark for Warroad (9-9, 2-6 Section 8AA) scoring 16, 16 and 13, respectively. Jeremy Cole (Jr. G) added seven, Isaac Falk-Stoskopf (Sr. C) totaled six, Kyle Spenst (Sr. G) collected three and Keagan Lunos (Sr. F) contributed two.

    While seven Warriors found the basket, the Pirates (6-10, 4-8 Section 8AA) saw only five of their own finish with points. Caden Osborn (Jr. C) and Nick Garmen (Sr. F) combined for 43 of Crookston's 53 total points with 23 and 20, respectively. Walker Winjum (Jr. G) tallied five, Jack Garmen (Fr. F) scored three and Brady Butt (Jr. F) rounded out the list with two.

    Nick Garmen entered the game as the fifth-highest all-time Pirates boys' basketball scorer with 1,084 points. Garmen's 20 allowed him to pass Steele Senske, who played from 1985-1988, and land him at the number four spot with 1,104 career points.

    Warroad led the Pirates 30-24 at halftime, and extended their lead in the second half to pull out the 63-53 win.

    The loss serves as the eighth time an opponent held Crookston to less than 60 points on the year. The Pirates own a record of 2-6 when such is the case.

    For the Warriors, the win over the Pirates gives them their second section victory of the season. The first came in a 48-40 win over Bagley.

Sacred Heart L 66-54

GRAND FORKS - The Pirates trekked across the border to Grand Forks Central for the Compton Memorial/Lions Shootout where they took on the Sacred Heart Eagles.

    With the game taking place in North Dakota, the format consisted of four quarters rather than two halves. The Pirates trailed by four at halftime, but the Eagles gradually pulled away for a 66-54 win.

    Sacred Heart (13-5, 11-2 Section 8A) used 10 different players to reach their 66 points. Branden Bethke (Sr. G) led the way with 23 points and Evan Sczepanski (Sr. F), John Fontaine (Jr. F) and Ian Evavold (Sr. G) each recorded 10. Jacob Schepp (Sr. F) notched three, James Fontaine (Jr. G), Oscar Ortiz (Sr. G), Sam Gapp (Fr. F) and John Bergman (Sr. C) all put up two and James Votava (Sr. G) hit a free throw.

    Caden Osborn (Jr. C) headlined the Pirates' scoring with 23 points. Nick Garmen (Sr. F) recorded 15, Jaden Lubarski (Sr. F) and Jack Garmen (Fr. F) each tallied seven, Walker Winjum (Jr. G) contributed four and Chris Kazmierczak (Sr. G) rounded out the list with two.

    Sacred Heart increased their point total numerically with each quarter scoring 15, 16, 17 and 18. Crookston's box score showed 14 in the first and fourth quarter and 13 in the second and third.

    Since winning three out of four, the Pirates have dropped their last three games. In the skid, Crookston has yet to score over 54 points and lost by an average of 14 points per game.

    The Pirates will play five of their last nine regular season games against section opponents. Next up, a matchup with the class-A Pelican Rapids Vikings on Tuesday, February 5. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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