Junior guard Jacob Beeninga scored 30 points as second-seeded Wayzata upset top-seeded Hopkins 63-61 in the Class 4A, Section 6 championship Wednesday at Osseo High School.
Beeninga was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, including 6-for-6 in the final 90 seconds, as Wayzata (18-11) withstood two late three-pointers by the Royals (26-2).
Keaton Heide also added two late free throws for the Trojans, who defeated Hopkins in the section championship for a second consecutive year.
“We practiced the last two days like we believed,” Wayzata coach Bryan Schnettler said. “They probably were a little tight, and I can promise you we weren’t for obvious reasons.”
Hopkins led by 11 early before Wayzata went on a 16-3 run late in the first half. Beeninga scored five consecutive points midway through the second half to break a 43-43 tie and give the Trojans the lead for good.
“Every time down, we wanted to get great shots,” said Beeninga, who scored his 1,000th career point on Wednesday. “I feel like that 30 (points) or whatever, that’s a result of the team trusting me and me trusting my teammates.”
Wayzata lost seven players from last year’s team that went 28-4 and reached the Class 4A semifinals. Schnettler noted that this year’s team underwent some growing pains, including two losses to Hopkins, when the Royals benefitted from their strong transition offense.
The Trojans focused more on Wednesday on generating quality shot attempts, Beeninga said.
“It kind of affected the overall game,” he said.
Kerwin Walton scored 18 points, Zeke Nnaji added 16 points and Anthony Davis scored 14 for Hopkins (26-2), which had won 26 consecutive games after a season-opening loss.
“They’re a tough team for us, because they really play (on the) perimeter.” Royals coach Ken Novak Jr. said of Wayzata. “We had opportunities. … We didn’t execute when we should have.”
Junior guard Jacob Beeninga scored 31 points as second-seeded Wayzata upset top-seeded Hopkins in the Class 4A, Section 6 championship Wednesday at Osseo High School.
Beeninga hit six free throws down the stretch as the Trojans (18-11) held off a late run by the Royals (26-2).
Drew Galinson added 12 points for the Trojans, who defeated Hopkins in the section finals for the second consecutive year.
Kerwin Walton led Hopkins with 18 points, Zeke Nnaji added 16 points and Anthony Davis scored 14.
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