Trojan boys come close at Minnetonka

Riley Dearring’s baseline jumper with five seconds remaining boosted the Minnetonka High boys basketball team to a 72-70 Lake Conference win over Wayzata Feb. 22 at Minnetonka High’s West Gym.
While the loss was painful, Wayzata head coach Phil Ward remains optimistic for the upcoming Class 4A, Section 6 playoffs, which begin next week.
“It was a battle,” said Ward. “Minnetonka is an unbelievably physical team … they gave us problems. We were up seven in the second half, but could not hold on. I thought the game turned on the boards.”
Clutch shooting by senior forward Zach Robertson and senior guard Bradley Carlson helped Wayzata stay in the game. Robertson scored 17 points while Carlson led all scorers with 29.
Ward lauded Carlson’s effort.
“Bradley is figuring some things out and letting the game come to him,” the coach noted. “He is getting hit inside and still finishing plays.”
Dearring led Minnetonka’s balanced attack with 16 points. Forward Mike Fernando, who had two big dunks in the second half, scored 13 for the Skippers.
The result left Wayzata with a 12-11 overall record.