Defense key in wins over Sabers, Wingers

The New Prague Trojan boys basketball team was tied for second place in the Missota Conference with four games left following a pair of victories last week. The Trojans avenged an earlier loss to Shakopee with a 57-44 win, then defeated Red Wing 52-38 to give them a 17-5 record (7-3 Missota). Chaska is in first place with a 9-1 record, while the Trojans and Shakopee are tied for second.

New Prague, rated No. 7 in Class AAA, was scheduled to play at Chanhassen Tuesday, Feb. 22. They have three games left on their regular season schedule. They host Farmington Friday, Feb. 25, play at Northfield Tuesday, Mar. 1, and close out with a home game against Holy Angels Friday, Mar. 4.

The Trojans hope to have their entire lineup on the floor for the first time this season Friday. Senior guard Ben Trewartha has been back for three weeks after missing most of the season with a football injury, and junior forward Sergio Najera, their No. 2 scorer, is expected to be back for Friday's game. He has been out since mid-January with a shoulder injury.

Trojans 57, Sabers 44

New Prague jumped to a six-point lead early in the game and never let Shakopee pull ahead in a 57-44 win Tuesday, Feb. 15.

New Prague upped its lead to 10 points late in the first half on a three-pointer by Cale Girten. The Sabers cut the Trojan lead to two with a 10-3 run to start the second half, but would never get any closer. The Trojans pushed the lead back to eight points and held on, making eight free throws in the final 47 seconds, six of them by senior guard Joe Hatch.

Girten led all scorers with 22 points, and was 8-of-11 shooting. He added eight rebounds. Hatch was the only other Trojan in double figures with 10 points. New Prague shot 14-of-18 from the free throw line and was 18-of 34 from the field for 53 percent.

Also scoring for New Prague were Alex Dittberner and Trewartha with 6 points each, Jed Kreuser and Trevor O'Brien had 4 each, Luke Busch 3 and Jake Meyer 2.

The Trojans out-rebounded the Sabers 28-22.

It was a nice win over a good team

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