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Boys hoops tops Storm, KoMets
The New Prague Trojan boys basketball team won a pair of games last week, defeating Chanhassen and Kasson- Mantorville. The Trojans upped their record to 8-3 on the season.
The Trojans played at Farmington Tuesday evening. They will travel to Shakopee Friday, Jan. 18, then play at Holy Angels on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Trojans 59, Storm 47 The Trojans got on top early and never relented, winning their Missota Conference opener against Chanhassen, one of the pre-season favorites to win the crown. The final score in the Trojan gym was 58-47 Friday, Jan. 11.
New Prague got scoring from their outside game, with Luke Rynda netting 19, and on the inside, with Paul Friendshuh getting 17. Also scoring for the Trojans were Michael Soderlund (6), Blake Wooten (5), Kyle Zweber (5), Joe Kneip (4) and Nick Johnson (3).
It was a physical game, with the Trojans able to hang with the big Chanhassen team.
“Our kids did a fantastic job finishing plays,” Coach Aaron Jasperson said. “We took an early lead and kept the lead the rest of the way.”
Trojans 78, KoMets 42 New Prague faced Kasson- Mantorville, a Section 1AAA team, and claimed a 78-46 win over the visting KoMets Monday, Jan. 14.
New Prague used a fullcourt press to pressure the KoMets into committing 18 turnovers.
“While we did not shoot well during the first half, we held KM to nine field goal attempts in the first half. We opened up a 17-point lead and continued to build in the second half,” Jasperson said.
The Trojans led 34-17 at halftime. For the game, the Trojan made as many field goals as the KoMets attempted (28). They had a 31-20 advantage in rebounding.
After hitting only 41 percent from the field in the first half, the Trojans made 15-of- 23 (65 percent) in the second half to finish at 51 percent for the game.
New Prague used its height advantage to pound the ball inside to their two 6-foot, 8- inch post men, Soderlund and Friendshuh. They had 17 and 16 points respectively. Soderlund also had seven rebounds to lead the team.
New Prague had 23 assists as a team, with Johnson leading the way with five. Kneip, Rynda and Kyle Stepka each had three. Nine different players dished out assists.
Besides the two big men, others scoring for the Trojans were Johnson, Rynda and Stepka (7 each), Kneip and Wooten (6 each), Malik Jallah, Jake Ryan and James Fuerniss (3 each), Greg Vogel (2) and Tanner Milinkovich (1).