Byron, Marquette deal setbacks to Trojans

Mendota’s Izaiah Nanez eyes the basket while being guarded by Marquette’s Griffin Walker in the opening round of the Colmone Classic on Dec. 3 at Spring Valley. (Reporter photo)

Byron shot the lights out from three-point land and rolled over Mendota, 78-56, in a non-conference varsity boys’ basketball encounter on Dec. 1 at Byron.

Six Tigers connected from beyond the arc on their way to 16 total three-pointers in the contest. Byron’s Jack Hively pumped in eight treys and finished with 34 points. He had three trifectas in the first quarter as the Tigers raced out to a 20-9 lead. Mendota made it a single-digit deficit (33-24) at the half, but Hively was back at it in the third period with four treys during a 25-point explosion by Byron.

Mendota placed three players in double-figure scoring, led by Rafael Romero with 14 points. Isaac Guzman chipped in with 13 markers, while Izaiah Nanez added 10 tallies.

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The Trojans opened up play in the Colmone Classic and dropped a 58-36 decision to Ottawa Marquette on Dec. 3 at Spring Valley.

Marquette built a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and held a 28-20 margin at intermission. Mendota hung around into the third quarter when it trailed by a 39-32 count, but Marquette ran off 15 points in a row to pull away. The Trojans managed only four fourth-quarter points.

Romero and Nanez had 11 points apiece to pace the Trojans (2-3).

The tournament will continue until the finals on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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