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Park Rapids' Ryan Peterson (right) ripped the ball away from Crookston's Aaron Hollcraft during Saturday afternoon's season opener at the Area High School gym.

Pirates' fast start keys win in opener

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Crookston opened up the game with a 23-0 run en route to a 61-39 win over Park Rapids in the season-opening boys basketball game at the Area High School gym Saturday afternoon.


Brett Delage hit a 3-pointer, a long jumper and two free throws and scored on a pair of layups as the Pirates built a 23-0 lead with 13:30 to play in the first half. Crookston's defense forced nine turnovers during that stretch.

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