Wayzata's Camden Heide (23) puts up a jump shot against Hopkins Friday night. Heide had a game-high 24 points in the Trojans’ 68-60 victory over the Royals in Wayzata. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Energy and effort on both sides of the ball made all the difference for Wayzata as it captured a 68-60 Lake Conference triumph over rival Hopkins 68-60 Friday night at Wayzata High School.
That energy and effort was on full display from the get-go, and it helped Wayzata, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, shake off an early seven-point deficit and take a 36-33 lead into halftime.
“They’re a great transition team,” Wayzata’s Drew Berkland said of No. 3-4A Hopkins. “We have to make them run plays in the half court and I thought we did a good job of that.”
Defensively, the Trojans (7-2) had to deal with 6-foot-7 forward Elvis Nnaji, who started 4-for-4 from the floor and had eight points early for Hopkins (7-2).
“We wanted to make sure he didn’t catch it deep in the post,” Camden Heide said. “He scored early, but then we were able to handle him a little bit better.”
The Trojans did just that. Nnaji scored just five more points while Wayzata extended its lead from halftime to take a 56-44 advantage with 8 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the second half.
Wayzata's Eddie Beeninga (5) watches his one-handed put back against Hopkins Friday night. Beeninga finished with 13 points in the Trojans’ 68-60 Lake Conference victory over the Royals in Wayzata. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Camden Heide scored 24 points, leading Wayzata past Lake Conference rival Hopkins 68-60 on Friday night at Wayzata High School.
The home team shook off a slow start to secure a 36-33 lead going into halftime. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, built an 11-point advantage in the second half, fought off a comeback from No. 3-4A Hopkins and secured the win in the game’s final two minutes.
Heide, with his 24 points, passed the career 1,000-point milestone. He got help from Drew Berkland, who added 14 points and four three-pointers. Eddie Beeninga had 13 points and Kody Williams rounded out the scoring attack for Wayzata (7-2) with 10 points.
Hopkins (7-2) was led by Jaelen Treml’s 17 points and Elvis Nnaji’s 13 points. Teammate Xavier White chipped in 12 points.
The Royals cut into the Trojans’ lead in the second half, and trailed by just four points with about six minutes remaining, but ultimately couldn’t get closer.
Hopkins' Elvis Nnaji (15) pulls down a rebound against Wayzata in Friday night’s Lake Conference game. Nnaji had 13 points in the Royals’ 68-60 loss to the Trojans. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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