GRANTSBURG—The Grantsburg Pirates played host to the Hayward Hurricanes on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and came away with a 48-37 non-conference win.
The Pirates’ quick, smothering defense held the Hurricanes in check, while the Pirates’ offense was able to cut through the lane for close range shots to take an early lead. Hayward chipped away at the lead and brought the game within four at the break, 22-18.
The Pirates outscored the ‘Canes 26-19 in the second half to seal the win.
“Our defense was solid,” Pirates coach Nick Hallberg said. “Took us a while to get going offensively, but made that solid run in the middle of the second half to go up twenty, which was really good to see.”
Leo Chenal led the Pirate charge with 22 points. John Chenal was next on the list with 16 points. Austin Wedin added four points with Tyrell Brande, Joseph Ohnstad and Jared VanWatermeulen with two points each.
“Our guys did a nice job finding the gaps in that zone,” Hallberg added. “Leo really stepped up and carried us there for a bit. A good win, but know we can play much better.”