Crimson Bounce Back to Thump Trojans, 70-53

Maple Grove back on winning track in easy win.

Wayzata took the back road up 101 to visit the Crimson gym, having won 11 of their previous 12 games, including hanging 108 on their opponent last Friday. This game had players who had played together in AAU and now were opponents.

Erik Olson scored the first 6 points for Maple Grove and his former AAU teammate Brad Carlson scored the first 8 for Wayzata. When the score was tied at 11, the Trojans took a timeout to stop the potential bleeding, but in this game even a tourniquet wouldn't have helped. The Crimson went 5 straight trips down the floor hitting a tre each time. Brycen Wojta pulled up on a 1 on 2 break for a hoop and Grant Kaufman hit one from the 55311 zip code. At the same time, the Trojans couldn't throw it in the ocean from the shore. At the end of a 24-5 run, the Crimson had things well in hand at the half leading 36-18.

The collective thought was that the Crimson had to be ready for the second half, because someone besides Carlson would heat up. Anxiety was piqued a bit in the second half after Jake Wieneke picked up his 4th foul. He was just coming off another half where he demonstrated his ability to finish off the glass with either hand. When Carson made his 17th point for Wayzata, the Crimson called a timeout. Now it was time for Wojta to drive, draw, and dish. Olson did the easy part as he scored on straight trips. Matt Lindgren and Eliot Kane combined for two layups that Al McGuire would say were, "french pastry." Kane came back with a bomb to make it 57-36. But wait, there's more. Just when the crowd went into power watch mode, a Wayzata miss led to a rebound, outlet, long pass to Wieneke streaking to the basket. The collective air was sucked out of the building when he threw it down. For all intents and purposes that air also left the Wayzata sails as this one was over. The last two minutes resembled a game that Naismith never imagined or intended, as the best executed shot during that time was a miss. The one man cheering section was calling for the second free throw brick as #25 ended with 19 points.

Wojta finished the game with 15 points, and tied a single game record for assists with 13. Olson finished with 14 points. The Crimson are now 11-6 overall and 8-4 in conference play.

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