Boys Basketball: Red Wing upsets New PragueJoel Newman blocked New Prague’s last second 3-pointer to secure a 51-49 statement win for the Red Wing boys basketball team Thursday in Red Wing.
By: R-E Sports Staff, The Republican Eagle
Joel Newman blocked New Prague’s last second 3-pointer to secure a 51-49 statement win for the Red Wing boys basketball team Thursday in Red Wing.
The Wingers (9-13, 4-6 Missota) were ahead by 12 in the second half but struggled to stop the Trojans down the stretch before Newman’s block, Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen said.
“They kept on cutting it down,” he said. “We made a couple mistakes and really did not stop them the last six possessions or so.”
Ninth-grader Ty Buck returned from a broken foot to lead the Wingers with 19 points, including 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point line.
“Ty Buck really stepped up,” Toivonen said. “He made some huge shots for us in the clutch.”
Junior Ryan Boldt finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Isaac Toivonen scored nine points and Newman finished with four points as New Prague keyed on the Wingers’ leading scorer, Doug Toivonen said.
“He was smart enough to not force it,” he said. “He helped us out in other ways.”
Newman, a senior, had four steals and three assists.
Red Wing made 9 of 21 3-pointers and 8 of 11 free throws to secure its fourth win in the last five games and fourth consecutive home victory.
Nick Johnson led the Trojans (15-7, 7-3 Missota) with 11 points and Paul Friendshuh added 10 points. New Prague shot just 36 percent from the field and 5-for-27 from the 3-point line. The Trojans committed 14 turnovers.
“Defensively, we played probably as well as we have all year,” Doug Toivonen said. “We did a lot of really good things … I thought our kids stepped up and really played like men tonight.”
The Wingers play Tuesday at Shakopee.