No luck for Cards against Pirates

John Chenal (33) is fouled as he goes up with a shot against Luck on Friday night.

Stacy Coy | Sentinel

LUCK—The Grantsburg Pirates traveled to Luck on Friday to take on an always-tough Cardinal squad and walked away with a 66-51 win to improve to 15-2 on the season and 8-1 in conference play, holding steady in first place in the West Lakeland.

“It’s a great feeling any time you can go on the road, late in the year, and get a win in the conference,” Pirates coach Nick Hallberg said.

The last time these two teams met in December, the Pirates hung on to win 62-57 despite a slow start offensively.

In this game, Grantsburg took the lead early but Luck stayed with them for much of the half. In fact, the score was stuck at 13-10 for quite a while before the offense was cranked up again. The Pirates went on a run late in the half to head to the locker room with a comfortable 30-19 lead.

The scoring run continued for the Pirates at the start of the second half as they hit four three-point shots early in the half to extend their lead. They kept plugging away and held at 22 point lead, 54-32, at the 8:34 mark in the half.

But the Cardinals would not go away, and got within 10 points, 61-51, with just over a minute left in the game. But the Pirate defense stood strong and held them scoreless for the remainder of the game.

“We did a lot of things well tonight,” Hallberg noted. “We finished the first half on a nice little run and then followed that up in the first part of the second half to build up a lead. Luck battled back by hitting shots and getting it down to about 10 points with just a couple minutes left, but our guys remained composed and finished the game the right way.”

Joseph Ohnstad had a huge night as he led the Pirates in scoring with 18 points, including five three-point shots. John Chenal battled hard down low, racking up 16 points for the night. Tyrell Brande hit double digits as well, pouring in 12 points. Leo Chenal had nine, followed by Austin Wedin with eight. Luke Anderson added two points and Jared VanWatermeulen had one to round out the list.

The Pirates will head to Clayton on Thursday for a non-conference match up. Game time is 7:15 p.m.