GRANTSBURG – An overall winning record spared the Grantsburg boys basketball team from a bit of travel.
The Pirates entered the final week of the regular season with an 11-9 record to draw a first-round home game to start postseason play. They host Glenwood City this Tuesday while Siren and Webster face first-round road games.
But this final week of the regular season includes two games for the Pirates and they earned a win in the first, Monday.
Grantsburg earned a 61-45 win at home over Spooner and improved to 12-9 overall on the season. The win stopped a three-game skid and assured the team a winning record for the season.
The Pirates didn’t fare as well in their two games last week. They missed a chance for a win over Lakeland West-leading Unity, which would have given the Pirates a share of third while also creating a 1st-place tie between the Eagles and Luck.
Grantsburg was in a significant hole at Unity on Friday, falling behind by 19 points and despite a second-half comeback, the Pirates took a 59-50 loss. Jaxon Flaherty scored a game-high 26 points for the Eagles, including 16 in the first half to lead his team to a 40-21 advantage entering the break.
Carson Knutson and Austin Wedin led Grantsburg’s comeback effort with Knutson scoring 11 of his team-high 16 points in the second half while Wedin sank a pair of 3-pointers. But the rally fell short and Grantsburg took the road loss.
Gus Bergman had 12 points for the Pirates; Wedin and Jared VanWatermeulen had nine points each.
Grantsburg also took a 76-62 loss at Cameron on Feb. 18; the Pirates end the regular season on Thursday when they host Northwood.
The Dragons drew a first-round matchup with South Shore for this Tuesday and can pickup a win in their regular season finale this Thursday at home against Clayton.
The Golden Bears have struggled this season, going winless and being routed in most of their games. They have scored over 40 points in only one game and have been held under 30 points in 10 games.
Siren would snap a four-game skid with a win over Clayton, after taking a 63-51 road loss to Drummond on Monday.
“We played flat in the first half and struggled to get a shot to fall,” Siren coach Rick Kosloski said.
Drummond pushed its lead beyond 20 points in the second half and the Dragons managed to dwindle that lead, but the comeback was made more difficult without having Brady Kosloski, who missed the game with an ankle injury.
Riley Churchill led Siren with 24 points; Nathan Kosloski had 11 and Chad Songetay had seven.
The Dragons dropped to 5-15 overall and remained tied with Frederic for sixth in the Lakeland West with a 2-10 in-conference mark.
A 4-8 record in the Lakeland West put the Tigers fifth in the standings and their 9-11 record entering the week drew a first-round playoff game at Ladysmith this Tuesday.
Before then, Webster looks to end a three-game skid in its regular season finale at home against Prairie Farm this Thursday. The Tigers recently took road losses at Cumberland and Clear Lake.
The Beavers defeated Webster 59-39 on Friday and Clear Lake earned a 72-48 win over the Tigers on Monday.
Webster ends its regular season this Thursday at home against Prairie Farm before going to Ladysmith on Tuesday for its postseason opener.