Trojan boys rebound with win over Centennial

New Prague’s Mason Paden finds himself in the midst of a Storm as four Chanhassen defenders converge on him during New Prague’s loss to Chanhassen Tuesday, Dec. 11. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan boys basketball team suffered a disappointing loss to Chanhassen Tuesday, Dec. 11, but rebounded with a come-from-behind win over Centennial Friday, Dec. 14, to go to 2-3 on the young season.

The team will travel to Farmington Friday, Dec. 21, for a game against a Section 1AAAA foe. They will compete in the East Ridge Tournament Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27, and 28. They take on Eastview at 6 p.m. Thursday and then face Rosemount at 6 p.m. Friday.

Storm 66, Trojans 61 New Prague and Chanhassen played a tight, back-andforth game that saw the lead change hands seven times in the second half. Neither team led by more than six points during the contest, but New Prague looked to be in control with a one point lead and the ball with less than two minutes remaining.

But a missed shot led to a Storm basket, then a turnover led to another with less than a minute left and the Trojans were forced to foul. Chanhassen made their free throws and held on for a 66- 61 win.

"We had our chances, but we needed to do a better job of getting stops at key points throughout the game," said Trojan Coach Dan Peterka. "We let a couple leads get away, and were unable to close out the game."

Tyler Kemp led the Trojans with 18 points, while Hunter Nielsen had....

To see more on this story pick up the December 20, 2018 print edition of The New Prague Times.

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