MHS sophomores best Bureau Valley, lose pair


Mendota’s sophomore boys’ basketball team was in control from the opening tip in cruising past Bureau Valley, 57-16, in a Three Rivers Conference contest on Jan. 17 at the MHS gym.

The Trojans raced out to an 11-2 lead after the first quarter and held a 29-10 halftime advantage. The count was 49-16 after three periods and then Bureau Valley went scoreless in the fourth.

Aden Tillman fired in four three-pointers on his way to a 16-point performance for the Trojans. Domenic Richey also hit double-digits with 10 tallies, while Evan McPheeters provided eight markers.

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Kewanee posted a 51-38 triumph over the Trojans in conference action on Jan. 20 at the MHS gym. Mendota has a 3-3 league mark.

The visitors opened up a 16-10 first-quarter lead and maintained that same margin (26-20) at intermission. Kewanee began to pull away in the third quarter when it outscored the Trojans, 15-9.

Tillman led the MHS offense with 13 points as he dropped in three shots from beyond the arc. Dane Doyle and Alex Beetz provided eight points apiece for the Trojans.

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It was a tale of two halves as Mendota gave up a big lead and lost at Stillman Valley, 53-46, on Jan. 21. MHS is 12-10 on the season.

The Trojans led 19-10 after one and 32-21 at the half before being outscored, 32-14, in the second half.

Doyle led the Mendota offense with 20 points, connecting on four shots from three-point territory. Braiden Freeman netted 10 points, while Cam Kelly drained three trifectas and added nine points.

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