The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team split against a pair of non-conference visitors from northern Minnesota over the weekend – losing to Crookston 58-41 on Friday, Feb. 8, and defeating Roseau 65-41 on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Pequot Lakes, 9-10 overall, was scheduled to play Pillager on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and then travel to Crosby-Ironton for a Mid-State Conference game on Friday, Feb. 15.
Patriots 65, Roseau 41
On Saturday, Feb. 9, Pequot Lakes defeated the Rams as Jordan Redmond had 24 points.
“It was nice to have Travis (Jacobson) back after he missed several games with an injury,” Pequot Lakes coach Garry Grewe said of the junior center."
After falling behind 5-2 early, the Patriots went on a 15-2 run for a 17-7 lead midway through the opening half. Pequot Lakes eventually led 35-19 at the break after a nice scoring run, sparked by six points from Redmond.
The closest the Rams would get in the second half was at 44-35 after a rare 4-point play by Scott Nelson. But the Patriots answered with an 8-1 run, sparked by Jacobson’s 3-point play, and coasted to the win.
Brett Peterson finished with 13 points and Tyler Tappe added eight for Pequot Lakes. Jacob Eaton led the Rams with 12 points.
Roseau 19 22 — 41
Pequot Lakes 35 30 — 65
Scott Nelson 8, Bailey Sampson 5, Jacob Eaton 12, Matthew Fevold 3, Tayler Johnston 8, Ethan Johnson 3, Ethan Borgen 2. FT 13-23 (percent).
Brett Peterson 13, Kevin Beltz 2, Jack Kreitz 2, John Craig 5, Sean Murray 2, Wes Mumm 2, Michael Ryan 1, Jordan Redmond 24, Tyler Tappe 8, Travis Jacobson 6. FT 11-20 (55 percent).
Crookston 58, Patriots 41
The Pirates led from the opening tip to defeat Pequot Lakes on Friday, Feb. 8. Redmond led Pequot Lakes with 14 points. Aaron Hollcraft had 17 points for the visitors.
Crookston led 30-17 at the half. In the second half, the Patriots did close the gap when Jack Kreitz, Kevin Beltz and John Craig all had 3-point baskets, but the Pirates enjoyed a 28-24 scoring edge to hold on. Pequot Lakes’ C.J. Borleis did scored his first varsity points in the second half.
A difference in the contest came at the free throw line as Crookston made 19 of 23 attempts while the Patriots made just one of four.
Crookston 30 28 — 58
Pequot Lakes 17 24 — 41
Seth Desrosier 3, Ryan Porter 12, Travis Vatthauer 4, Alex Boone 8, Aaron Hollcrat 17, Michael Hefta 8, Alec Boike 6. FT 19-23 (83 percent).
Brett Peterson 3, Kevin Beltz 5, Jack Kreitz 4, John Craig 3, Wes Mumm 2, Jordan Redmond 14, Tyler Tappe 8, CJ Borleis 2. FT 1-4 (25 percent).
Jordan Redmond scored the winning shot with 1.8 seconds left to lead Pequot Lakes past the Cardinals in a Mid-State Conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Redmond finished with 27 points while teammate Tappe had 10 points for Pequot Lakes, which improved to 6-3 in the conference.
The Patriots trailed early as the Cardinals enjoyed a 20-16 advantage late in the opening half. Mike Ryan had a pair of free throws and a basket to tie it for Pequot Lakes with 5:20 left before intermission. Ryan then had a layup less than a minute later to give the home team a 22-20 lead. The teams exchanged baskets and the game was tied at 27 going into the break.
Despite being in foul trouble, Redmond scored 19 points in the second half, which was tied six times. The last time the Patriots trailed was 41-39, but Pequot Lakes came back with the next eight points for a 47-41 lead with 3:10 left.
The Cardinals’ Kyle Jansson hit a 3-point shot to cut the deficit to 49-48 with 1:15 remaining. Redmond then made three of four free throws and the Patriots led 52-48 with 59 seconds left. S-M kept battling as Tyler Holub scored on a rebound and Jannson stole the ball and converted on a layup to tie it at 52 with 35.2 seconds left.
Redmond then made a floating shot from six feet with 1.8 seconds left to give Pequot Lakes the lead for good. Seth Auger scored 15 points for S-M, who beat the Patriots 61-58 in overtime on Jan. 4.
Staples-Motley 27 25 — 52
Pequot Lakes 27 27 — 54
Kyle Jansson 14, Brian Huber 5, Adam Nurnberger 3, Zach Schmitz 3, Tyler Holub 4, Seth Auger 15, Colton Borders 8. FT 6-9 (67 percent).
Brett Peterson 3, Jack Kreitz 1, Wes Mumm 5, Michael Ryan 7, Jordan Redmond 27, Tyler Tappe 10. FT 14-25 (56 percent).