Patriots top Roseau, fall to Crookston

The Pequot Lakes Patriots are 11-9 overall after splitting a pair of non-conference home games last weekend against fellow Section 8AA opponents Roseau and Crookston.

The Pequot Lakes Patriots are 11-9 overall after splitting a pair of non-conference home games last weekend against fellow Section 8AA opponents Roseau and Crookston.

The Patriots downed Roseau 72-61 on Friday, Feb. 6, but lost to Crookston 56-55 on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Pequot Lakes, 11-9 overall, was scheduled to play Pillager on Tuesday, Feb. 10, before traveling to Crosby-Ironton on Friday, Feb. 13.

Crookston 56, Patriots 55

On Saturday, Jan. 7, Pequot Lakes got off to a slow start as the Pirates assumed an 14-6 lead as Jonathan Miller had 11 points for the visitors. Crookston eventually led 21-8 before the Patriots went on a 9-0 run


The Pirates led 25-20 at intermission despite a 3-point basket by Gage Westlund late in the half to reduce the Patriots' deficit.

"I think the three by Westlund fired us up, and we came back to take the lead in the second half," said Pequot Lakes' coach Ben Starns.

The hosts scored the first seven points of the second half to grab a 27-25 lead. The remainder of the second half was close, including being tied numerous times. Crookston lead 48-46 with 3:34 remaining before both teams traded 3-point baskets. Jack Kreitz made a pair of free throws to give Pequot Lakes a 53-52 lead with 2:30 remaining.

Crookston regained a 54-53 lead on a layup with 1:50 remaining, but a layup by Josh Buell gave the Patriots the lead back with 1:28 on the clock. The Pirates called a timeout to set up a play with 7.8 seconds remaining. The strategy worked as Aaron Hollcraft scored on a layup with 3.4 seconds left. A last-second shot by Pequot Lakes didn't drop and Crookston held on and improved to 18-2 overall.

Larson finished with 17 points while teammate Gage Westlund added 12.

"We played great defensively," said Starns. "After Miller had 11 points to start the game, we limited him to just two free throws after that. We made a nice comeback by shooting well in the second half. It really was an exciting game."

The Pirates made 11 of 13 free throws, which made a difference in a close game.

Crookston 25 31 - 56


Pequot Lakes 20 35 - 55


Seth Desrosier 16, Ryan Porter 9, Aaron Hollcraft 10, Matt Garmen 8, Jonathan Miller 13. FG 19. FT 11-13 (85 percent).


Jack Kreitz 8, Hunter Larson 17, Josh Buell 2, CJ Borleis 8, Brandon Hehir 8, Gage Westlund 12. FG 23. FT 4-8 (50 percent).

Patriots 72, Roseau 61

On Friday, Jan. 6, CJ Borleis scored 25 points and Hunter Larson added 15 against the Rams in a game played in the old school gymnasium because of a wrestling tournament in the new athletic complex.

The Patriots grabbed a 23-12 lead after a pair of 3-pointers by Borleis. Pequot Lakes eventually led 37-30 at the half behind two more successful 3-point shots by Borleis.


Five minutes into the second half, Kreitz drove for a layup and added a free throw and the hosts led 45-33. That margin would never be in danger as the Patriots won by 11 points.

"We got off to a nice start at Borleis and Larson were hitting from the outside," Starns said. "We also played a decent defensive game."

Roseau 30 31 - 61

Pequot Lakes 37 35 - 72


Weston Nelson 8, Noah Pavek 4, Spencer Sabourin 7, Ryan Jobman 11, Brandon Pfeiffer 8, Jacob LePard 3, Ethan Johnson 20. FT 20-29 (69 percent).


Jack Kreitz 4, Hunter Larson 15, CJ Borleis 25, Brandon Hehir 4, Gage Westlund 10, Connor Davich 9, Zach Sjoblad 4. FT 11-19 (58 percent).

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