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Perham holds off Barnesville

The seventh-ranked Perham Yellowjackets held off an upset-minded Barnesville Trojan team on Jan. 23 in Barnesville when the Yellowjackets came away with a 52-49 victory in Heart O’Lakes Conference boys basketball action.

Barnesville has been a house of horrors in years past for the Yellowjackets. Two years ago, they were upset by Barnesville, but last year they cruised to a road win. This time, they maintained the lead in the second half, but the Trojans kept within striking distance.

Jenson Beachy led the Yellowjackets with 19 points. He hit four 3-pointers in the win. Martin LaFond added 10 points in the game. Josh Jeziorski finished with eight points.

Both teams were very efficient with their shots. The Yellowjackets were 51.4 percent from the field, while the Trojans were 51.5 percent from the field. The Yellowjackets were 36.8 percent from deep, hitting seven of 19, while Barnesville was 50 percent, connecting on five of 10.

Charle Aakre led the way with 15 points, while Adam Tonsfeldt added 11. Hunter Zenzen finished with 10 points for the Trojans.

The Yellowjackets continued their best start in school history with their 16th straight win. They are now 6-0 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference, holding a two-game edge in the loss column on Breckenridge, Hawley, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Pelican Rapids.

The Yellowjackets return home to take on the Rebels at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25.

PER 23 29--52

BAR 21 28--49

PER-Jenson Beachy 19, Martin LaFond 10, Josh Jeziorski 8, Ben Winkels 6, Carter Cresap 2, Finn Diggins 4, Logan Richter 3

3-pointers: Beachy 4, LaFond, Winkels 2. Free Throws: 9-16. Team Fouls: 18. Fouled Out: Richter

BAR-Logan Bang 5, Adam Tonsfeldt 11, Matthew Bredman 3, Charle Aakre 15, Jason Hendrickson 4, Brooks Martinson 1, Hunter Zenzen 10.

3-pointers: Bang 2, Tonsfeldt 3, Aakre. Free Throws: 10-21. Team Fouls: 18. Fouled Out: None

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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