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Zeke Nnaji's 41 points powers Hopkins past Wayzata

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 01/31/19, 7:15PM CST


The top-ranked Royals in Class 4A trailed by six at halftime but rallied in the second half en route to a 90-80 victory.

Hopkins senior Zeke Nnaji (22) dunks over Wayzata's Camden Heide (23) in the second half of the Royals' 90-80 victory Friday at Hopkins. Photo: DAVID JOLES •david.joles@startribune.com

Hopkins had Zeke Nnaji. Wayzata didn’t. And that made all the difference.

The 6-foot-10 Nnaji scored 41 points and Hopkins converted 26 of 29 free throws in the second half to rally from a six-point halftime deficit to defeat Lake Conference and Section 6 rival Wayzata 90-80.

Wayzata’s constant motion and relentless ball movement had Hopkins on its heels in the first half. The Royals gave numerous drives and open looks, leading to a 43-37 halftime lead for the Trojans (14-5).

“They’re a frustrating team to play,” Nnaji said of Wayzata. “They’re all good players and they were doing as great job of driving and kicking it out.”

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