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The Pequot Lakes Patriots were tied 56-56 before being outscored 10-0 in the final 4:30 in a 66-56 loss to Crookston in non-conference boys’ basketball action on Saturday, Feb. 8.


Crookston improved to 16-6 overall. The Patriots, 9-12 overall, are scheduled to host Crosby-Ironton in a Mid-State Conference matchup at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.

“We were down by nine points at the half, but we started strong in the second half to make it close,” said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns. “We didn’t do a very good job of handling the ball (in the final minutes) and turned it over several times, which Crookston turned it into points.”

Aaron Hollcraft hit a 3-point basket and followed that with a 3-point play to give the Pirates a 20-11 first-half lead. Crookston eventually led 34-25 at intermission.

The Patriots rallied behind Hunter Larson, who made three straight 3-pointers to tie it 45-45 with 10:30 remaining.

Pequot Lakes took their first lead, 50-47 on a Larson 3-pointer. Crookston then led 56-54 with 5:15 left, but the Patriots tied it 56-56, but that would be their final points.

Emanuel McCullough’s put back basket gave Crookston a 60-56 lead with just over two minutes left. Michael Hefta clinched the win for the Pirates with four late free throws.

Crookston 34 32 — 66

Pequot Lakes 25 31 — 56


Seth Desrosier 3, Ryan Porter 11, Aaron Hollcraft 14, Jonathan Miller 4, Michael Hefta 10, Emmanuel McCullough 24. FT 6-9 (67 percent). percent).


Connor Davich 6, Jack Kreitz 6, Brett Peterson 6, John Craig 1, Tyler Tappe 4, Travis Jacobson 6, Hunter Larson 18, CJ Borleis 9. FG (percent), FT 10-13.

Patriots 45, Roseau 35

On Friday, Feb. 6, Pequot Lakes defeated the Rams in non-conference play after building a 28-18 halftime lead. Jack Krietz had 11 points and C.J. Borleis added 10.

“It was kind of a slowdown game, but we picked our spots through their zone and we were able to get some baskets,” Starns said.

Roseau 19 16 — 35

Pequot Lakes 28 17 — 45


Bailey Sampson 2, Jacob Eaton 16, Scott Nelson 6, Brandon Pfeiffer 1, Tayler Johnston 5, Ethan Johnson 5. FT 9-25 (36 percent).


Jack Kreitz 11, Brett Peterson 3, John Craig 3, Tyler Tappe 8, Travis Jacobson 4, Hunter Larson 6, CJ Borleis 10. FT 5-10 (50 percent).