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WHS basketball: Trojans claim fourth straight in win over New Ulm

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans boys basketball took care of business Tuesday night at the local gym, winning its fourth consecutive game with a 58-50 victory over the New Ulm Eagles. And though the game was not the most exciting one this ...

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Tim Middagh/Daily Globe Worthington's Zach Boever (11) drives to the hoop in the face of New Ulm defender Connor Foley (31) and lays off a pass on Tuesday at Worthington High School.

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans boys basketball took care of business Tuesday night at the local gym, winning its fourth consecutive game with a 58-50 victory over the New Ulm Eagles. And though the game was not the most exciting one this year for the home team, it was solid.
The Trojans advanced to 9-5 on the 2016-17 season by playing within themselves -- by never giving the Eagles anything easy, and by getting sturdy offensive games, after a slow start, by senior Zach Boever and junior Tyler Linder.
Boever finished with a game-high 23 points, including three 3-point shots. Linder scored 13.
Both teams were cold to start the game. The ball-handling was sloppy and the shots were off. Worthington didn’t score its first point until four minutes had expired, but although the Eagles managed to work out to a 4-0 lead the Trojans scored 10 of the next 11 points.
Worthington’s most dangerous shot-maker, Boever, didn’t begin to find his shot until late in the half. When he did, WHS assumed a 24-15 advantage before New Ulm -- continuing to contest everything defensively and finding just enough offense-- stayed close.
Worthington scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 33-20 lead, with Linder scoring the first five. Minutes later, New Ulm’s Reece Melby hit a 3-point shot to make it 37-31, but Worthington upped it to 40-31 seconds later on a Boever 3-point shot.
Boever’s third and final three-pointer of the night, coming with about 10 minutes remaining, put WHS on top 47-31. New Ulm, a disciplined team, struggled back to within eight, 51-43, with just over five minutes to go. The Trojans got cold again at that point, but time was already running out on the Eagles, who fall to 3-9 with the setback.
Sophomore forward Connor Foley led New Ulm with 17 points and Cooper Yackley had 12. Brett Bianchi finished with 10.
New Ulm 20 50
Worthington 26 58

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Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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