The Wayzata Trojans secured a place in the section 6 finals after beating Minneapolis South 94-50 Friday.
It was a tight matchup in the early moments of the game before the Trojans were able to break loose.
“The game started out pretty even. They were making some shots early,” said Wayzata coach Bryan Schnettler. “We went on a big run and basically outscored them by 30 in the last 10 minutes of the half.”
That big run was on the defensive end. Wayzata sped the game up and created transition opportunities. At the break the Trojans led 50-21.
The deep ball was especially dropping throughout the contest. Wayzata connected on 14 threes, hitting on 51 percent of its attempts.
“We usually have five guys on the floor that can all make them,” Schnettler said.
The Trojans didn’t miss a beat in the second half. After almost two weeks without a game, Schnettler said his team was just ready to face a new opponent. Schnettler was able to go to his bench as the lead grew, giving members of the Trojans’ undefeated junior varsity team minutes.
“It was fun to see them out there,” he said. “The ball kept moving really well.”
The exceptional ball movement of the Trojans resulted in 27 assists. They outscored the Tigers 44-29 in the second half to secure the win.
Five players posted double figures scoring for Wayzata. Junior Carter Bjerke led the way with 16 and Camden Heide had 15. Kody Williams poured in 14, Ryan Harvey had 13 and Drew Berkland added 11. Eddie Beeninga was efficient while steering the offense, dishing out 7 assists with no turnovers.
The Trojans only had 9 turnovers as a team.
Wayzata will take the court for the section finals when it faces Robbinsdale Cooper on Thursday, March 25. The Hawks cruised past Robbinsdale Armstrong 84-57 Friday.
Schnettler said his team will have to bring its best game on the defensive end to slow down an uptempo Hawks team.
“We’re going to have to take care of the ball too. They pressure all over the place,” he said. “If they get off in transition it’s going to be a tough game.”