ROCKFORD – Mendota put together a solid first quarter, but Rockford Christian came alive in the second period and went on to post a 63-50 win over the Trojans in Big Northern Conference action on Feb. 13 at Rockford.
The Trojans scored 14 of the first 16 points of the game and ended the opening stanza with a 14-6 lead. But Christian’s Josh Dowling and Malik Marshall combined for 16 points in the second quarter as the Royal Lions outscored Mendota, 20-10, to take a 26-24 lead to intermission.
Dowling and Marshall did most of the damage in a 21-point third frame for Christian, scoring 15 points between them, while the Trojans put just 12 points on the board.
Kaine Pizano-Olson was Mendota’s lone double figure scorer with 14 points. Ben Bokus connected for nine markers and Blake Stamberger had eight tallies.
Rockford Lutheran had the three-ball working and sailed to a 72-49 triumph over the Trojans in the conference and regular season finale on Feb. 16 at Rockford. Mendota concluded the BNC season with a 4-6 mark.
The Crusaders showed their marksmanship from long range by dropping in 13 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Lutheran had three treys in the first quarter when it led 18-10, then it added five more in the second period on its way to a 42-25 halftime advantage.
The Trojans also had success from three-point land, nailing seven, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overtake Lutheran. Stamberger hit a pair of treys on his way to a team-high 12 points for Mendota. Pizano-Olson chipped in with 10 points, while Bryson Prusator added nine tallies on three three-pointers.