Perham rolls at old home over Barnesville

Perham's Gunnar Anderson takes the open 3-pointer and sinks it. He finished with 17 points and connected on five 3-pointers for Perham. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

Win No. 601 wasn’t as stressful as win No. 600 for Perham head coach Dave Cresap. The Yellowjackets broke open a close game with a huge second half and cruised to a 65-37 victory over the Barnesville Trojans at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium.

Cresap was honored prior to the game by Perham Activities Director Erin Anderson and Anderson said it was fitting they were recognizing him in a place where the majority of his 600 wins came from.

Cresap was presented with a plaque and received a round of applause from the fans in attendance.

The Yellowjackets had three players finish in double figures with Gunnar Anderson leading the Yellowjackets with 17 points. He connected on five 3-pointers in the win. Finn Diggins added 15 points, while Grant McMartin poured in 13, 11 of them coming in the second half. McMartin hit three 3-pointers in the win as well.

Perham broke open a seven-point halftime lead with a dominant second half, outscoring the Trojans 37-16.


Matt Samuelson finished with nine points for Barnesville, while Adam Tonsfeldt and Kaden Zenzen finished with six each.

The Yellowjackets are now 19-0 and have won 25 straight games at the Hive or the PWMS gymnasium. The Yellowjackets now hold an 8-0 mark in the Heart O’Lakes Conference. The Yellowjackets are on the road for a contest on Feb. 14 when they take on the Hawley Nuggets at 7:30 p.m. in Hawley.

BAR 21 16--37

PER 28 37--65

BAR-Jack Nelson 8, Blake Torfin 1, Adam Tonsfeldt 6, Logan Ernst 5, Tate Inniger 2, Kaden Zenzen 6, Matt Samuelson 9

3-pointers: Nelson 2, Ernst, Samuelson 3. Free Throws: 4-5. Team Fouls: 7. Fouled Out: None

PER-Carter Aakre 5, Charlie Rasmussen 4, Finn Diggins 15, Grant McMartin 13, Landon Stevens 4, Ryan Murphy 2, Gavin Hillukka 2, Gunnar Anderson 17, Elijah Morris 3


3-pointers: Aakre, Diggins, McMartin 3, Anderson 5. Free Throws: 5-7. Team Fouls: 9. Fouled Out: None

Perham's Finn Diggins drives to the basket and draws the foul in the first half of Perham's victory over Barnesville at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

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