Boys basketball: Blossoms edged out by Maple River

Published 11:16 pm Friday, January 9, 2015

The Blooming Prairie boys basketball team led for most of the night, but it wasn’t enough as the Awesome Blossoms lost to Maple River (11-2 overall, 3-1 Gopher) 71-70 on the road Friday.

The Awesome Blossoms (7-6 overall, 2-4 Gopher) led by five with 15 seconds to go, but a couple of turnovers cost BP as Maple River won the game on a tip-in at the buzzer.

“In spite of the loss, I am very proud of the way we battled tonight with a very good team,” BP head coach John Bruns said. “We overcame a ten plus point first half deficit, foul trouble, a rowdy home crowd and gave ourselves a chance to win the game.”

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John Rumpza had 29 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and four assists for BP and Anthony Nelson had 20 points, seven assists, eight rebounds and seven steals.

BP 28 42 — 70

MR 36 35 — 71

BP scoring: John Rumpza, 29; Anthony Nelson, 20; Mitchell Jones, 16; Jake Decker, 5; field goals: 55 percent (24-for-43); 3-pointers: 42 percent (6-for-14); free throws: 59 percent (16-for-27); rebounds: 29 (Rumpza, 9); turnovers: 24