Every time Maple Grove tried to make a run at New Prague, Luke Rynda had the answer. The Trojans' senior guard poured in three second-half treys to lead his team to a 64-56 victory over the Crimson in the Breakdown Tip Off Classic at Minnetonka High School.
With 15-1/2 minutes to go, Rynda and Nick Johnson hit back-to-back treys to stretch the lead to 39-31. A minute later, Rynda drained another with the defender right in his face.
Rynda's final dagger came with 5:30 remaining in the game. Seconds after Maple Grove's Jake Wieneke brought the crowd to its feet with a rim-rattling dunk that cut the lead to seven, Rynda calmly weaved through traffic and pulled up for a three-pointer. Swish...nothing but net.
New Prague held that lead the rest of the way.
The Trojans had grabbed a 32-27 halftime lead behind 12 points from junior forward Paul Friendshuh, including a three-pointer. The junior forward finished with a game-high 16 points. Grant Kaufman had 10 first-half points for Maple Grove, while Brycen Wojta led the Crimson with 13.
Score by half: New Prague 32-29--61, Maple Grove 27-28--55
New Prague: Friendshuh 16, Stepka 12, Johnson 11, Rynda 9, Soderlund 8, Ryan 4, Wooten 3, Vogel 1.
Maple Grove: Wojta 13, Kaufman 10, Olson 10, Wieneke 9, Sterling 4, Lundgren 3, Kane 3, Paul 3.