By Matt Thomas, Wayzata.com Sports Reporter
Photography by Jon Wright / J&K Creative!
Before any games were played this season, the Wayzata boys basketball team knew it would have to find a way to beat the Hopkins Royals if they wanted a chance to play in the state tournament.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, they like every other team that has faced the Royals this season, were sent home with a notch in the loss column. On Tuesday night the Trojans saw their season come to end with an 88-68 loss in the section 6AAAA final at Osseo High School.
The Trojans actually hung around in the first half as they made their first six shots from the field and led 18-15 with nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The Royals countered and finished the half on a 17-5 run to take a 32-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The intermission didn't stop the Royals' momentum as they came out on fire in the second half to basically put the game out of reach in the first couple of minutes.
The Royals hit their first five shots of the second half including three pointers by Raymond Cowles and Marcus Williams to take a 44-27 lead.
Things got out of hand from there as the Royals enjoyed a lead of 20 points or more for a majority of the second half.
University of Minnesota recruit Royce White put an exclamation point on the Royals' victory with back-to-back slam dunks including one of the alley-oop variety to put the Royals up 79-49.
Lost in the Royals brilliance was a spectacular second half effort by Trojans' senior Kellen Taylor. Taylor finished the game with 21 points, including 19 in the second half on 9-10 shooting.
Wayzata seniors Nolan Odland and Jerrod Peterson each finished with 14 points, while senior Jamar Franks added eight points.
White led five Royals in double figures with 16 points on 7-13 shooting from the field. Trent Lockett also had a superb night with 15 points on 7-10 shooting. Mike Broghammer, Cowles, and Williams also finished in double figures with 12, 11, and 11 points respectively.
The Royals shot exactly 50 percent from the field as they hit 34-68 shots from the field. The Trojans shot 47 percent from the field by hitting on 28-59 shots.
The Trojans finish the season with a record of 20-7. Tuesday night's game was the last in a Trojans uniform for Taylor, Peterson, Franks, Odland, Eren Cur, and DeShawn Thurman.
Hopkins: Royce White 16, Trent Lockett 15, Mike Broghammer 12, Raymond Cowles 11, Marcus Williams 11, Moses Sundufu 9, Joe Coleman 6, Marvin Singleton 5, DJ Peterson 3
Wayzata: Kellen Taylor 21, Jerrod Peterson 14, Nolan Odland 14, Jamar Franks 8, Eren Cur 6, Aaron Roth 3, Chris Kroeten 2