Boys’ drop Missota opener

Playing their first game in three weeks after a long holiday break, the New Prague Trojan boys basketball team came out with a cold shooting hand as they lost their Missota Conference opener to Holy Angels 56-40 Friday. The Trojans, ranked No. 7 in class AAA last week, saw their record drop to 5-2.

After hosting Farmington Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Trojans will take to the road for a pair of games. On Friday, Jan. 14, they play at Northfield and on Tuesday, Jan. 18, they are at Owatonna.

Stars 56, Trojans 40

New Prague fell behind early, as the Stars hit three three-pointers in the first eight minutes of play and took a 15-8 lead after one quarter. Holy Angels continued their hot shooting, and added some free throws to the mix to take a 36-20 halftime lead.

New Prague trailed 46-26 going into the fourth period and tried to mount a comeback, but Holy Angels prevailed for the 16-point win.

Tom Giesen, who scored 17 points, led the Trojans. No other Trojans were in double figures. New Prague had only four players score, and got no points from their bench.

New Prague 8 12 6 14 — 40

Holy Angels 15 21 10 10 — 56

Jan. 7, at Holy Angels

New Prague (40) Kubes 6, Hafermann 9, Gill 8, Giesen 17, O’Neill 0, Haeg 0, Tisdel 0, M. Hoemke 0

Holy Angels (56) King 9, Phillips 6, Goodman 22, Margareet 7, Finnegan 1, Ketcho 0, Rieger 2, Gilbert 6, Berg 3

Fouls: NP 16, HA 16; Fouled out: Phillips; Three point goals: NP 0, HA 6 (King, Goodman 4, Margareet)

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