BOYS BASKETBALL: Crookston takes 69-58 win over Green Wave
The East Grand Forks Senior High Green Wave boys basketball team already knew where it would be seeded for the upcoming Minnesota Section 8AA tournament — receiving the No. 2 seed in the North subsection.
Friday, the Wave took on the No. 3 seed in the north subsection — Crookston, a team Senior High beat by three points last month.
With Senior High’s leading scorer Jim Warmack resting, the Pirates took down the Wave 69-58 in the final regular season game for both teams.
“It was a great effort,” said Green Wave coach Travis Lindgren. “We were shorthanded playing without Jim, so we knew we would have a bit of a disadvantage inside. But I was thrilled with the effort our guys gave.”
Despite the height disadvantage, the Green Wave were able to find their way to rim early with Ty Misialek and Ben Bjornson leading the way — the duo combined for 20 of the 25 Wave points in the first half.
Up 23-21 with 4 seconds remaining in the first half, Misialek hit his second 3-pointer of the game to give Senior High a 25-21 lead at the break.
Misialek finished with a game-high 26 points.
In the second half, the Pirates came back with a balanced attack from inside the paint and behind the arc.
Down low, the Pirates’ Emmanuel McCullough scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, while Ryan Porter hit three second half treys.
With 10 minutes to go, a McCullough layup put Crookston up 41-40 — the last lead change of the game.
After another McCullough layup put the Pirates up 57-51, Grant Frydenlund responded with a layup of his own to bring the Wave back within four.
But with 2:35 remaining, Porter drained his fifth 3-pointer, followed by an Aaron Hollcraft 3-pointer to give Crookston a 10-point cushion.
The Green Wave cut the deficit to seven, but the Pirates held off the Wave comeback.
“The tournament was already set, but at the same time it’s Crookston-East Side so both teams want to win,” said Crookston coach Greg Garman. “It was a great battle.”
Senior High will host Bagley on Thursday, while Crookston will host Roseau as the playoffs begin.
“I thought some of our guys that don’t really get as many minutes stepped up for us,” added Lindgren. “So that was fun. We’re looking at the playoffs as a fresh start, so we’re excited to have a home playoff game.”