NEW PRAGUE – It wasn’t pretty at times, but the New Prague Trojans boys basketball team got the season opening win over Waseca Bluejays 78-55 Thursday night at New Prague High School.
The first half had a back-and-forth fast break offense that saw 72 points combined scored including 19 from Waseca’s Brock Kolander. The New Prague offense looked very similar to last year’s team with seven three-pointers with four from Luke Rynda. Waseca would dominate the boards in the first half thanks to hard work from Jake Busse, Jacob Sass and Devin Williamson which along with Kolander’s hot hand allowed would see Waseca tie and take the lead at 21-20. New Prague would then see 5’10″ Nick Johnson take control of the offense by creating fast break points and getting offensive boards for New Prague which would help them to a 38-36 lead at the half.
“We needed to tighten our defense in the second half especially after scores when Kolander would sprint up the floor and get easy baskets, thankfully we were able to do that,” New Prague head coach Aaron Jasperson.
The second half would see New Prague come out and after a couple of failed possessions finally be able to get the ball inside and make a couple of three pointers to extend the lead to 10 and never look back. The Trojans defense would tighten and got turnovers from Waseca and finally were able to get to the free throw line the second half after only have two free throws in the first half. Once again Nick Johnson would be a catalyst for New Prague with his hard slashing drives to the hoop and offensive rebounds. New Prague would cruise to a 78-55 lead.
Waseca was lead in scoring by Brock Kolander with a game-high 26 points. New Prague was lead in scoring by Nick Johnson with 25 points and Luke Rynda added 18 points (all three-pointers).
New Prague improves to 1-0 on the season and will host Austin on Tuesday at 7:30pm
By: Adam Bartels