Despite lights-out shooting in the second half, Crookston boys' basketball fell to Barnesville, 79-60, in a Section 8AA game in Crookston on Monday evening.
The Pirates (8-14 overall, 5-11 section) lost their third straight game, while the Trojans (15-7, 12-5) finished off a season sweep after beating Crookston 84-68 in Barnesville on Jan. 21.
The Trojans exploited the absence of Crookston's leading scorer and rebounder, Caden Osborn (Sr., C), with strong rebounding and finishing down low. Meanwhile, point guard Adam Tonsfeldt followed up his 36-point outing last time against the Pirates with another high-scoring night, darting all around defenders on the perimeter.
"(Tonsfeldt) killed us at their place," said Crookston coach Greg Garmen. "He's a tough matchup for us, so quick, he's tough with the ball, he controls the tempo of the game."
Barnesville, which led 39-20 at halftime, went on a 20-3 run from the end of the first half into the beginning of the second, and led by as many as 32 points at one point. But the Pirates showed plenty of heart and even more shooting — hitting 10 3-pointers in the second half and 12 for the game — to keep things mildly interesting.
With Walker Winjum (Sr., G), Easton Tangquist (Jr., G), Jack Garmen (So., G) and Jacob Hesby (So., G) each hitting multiple treys, Crookston went on a 27-10 run to cut the lead to 67-52 with four minutes to play. The Pirates wouldn't come any closer, though, as the Trojans put the game out of reach with a 10-3 run.
"Just gotta take care of the ball better and not get down early," Garmen said. "Kids fought, just couldn't close the gap. ... Without Caden we gotta finish around the rim, we didn't do that very well and we needed to do that early."
Winjum paced Crookston with 20 points. Tangquist added 15, Garmen chipped in with 12, Hesby scored six, Carter Bruggeman (Jr., G) scored four and Joseph Ramirez (Sr., F) scored three.
Tonsfeldt led Barnesville with 29 points.
"We had a good half at East Side last Friday night, I don't think we had a good half tonight but towards the end kids didn't quit," Garmen said. "We just gotta keep plugging away and find ways to get better and make things happen."
UP NEXT: Crookston travels to Erskine for a non-section game against Win-E-Mac on Tuesday. The Patriots started the season 0-10, but have improved to 8-15 and are on a three-game winning streak.
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