Mendota’s Preston O’Sadnick goes up for a shot while Oregon’s Trey Woolsey tries to defend on Feb. 3 at the MHS gym. (Reporter photo)
MENDOTA – Mendota defeated Plano on the Reapers’ home court back in December and Plano returned the favor with a 59-56 triumph over the Trojans in a nonconference game on Jan. 30 at the MHS gym. The two teams also met in the Hall Colmone Classic in December, with Plano coming out on top in that contest.
The Trojans struggled in the first half, falling behind 15-11 after the first quarter and 33-23 at intermission. Mendota heated up in the second half, but it was too big of a hill to climb.
Kaine Pizano-Olson led three Trojans in double figures with 22 points. Bryson Prusator was next with 12 markers, while Preston O’Sadnick contributed 10 tallies. O’Sadnick topped all rebounders with nine and Ben Bokus handed out four assists.
Each team shot 41 percent from the field, while they both had trouble at the free throw line. Mendota hit 47 percent of its free tosses and Plano was at 50 percent. The Trojans owned a 31-24 advantage on the glass and they committed 16 turnovers, five more than the Reapers.
Mendota took control from the opening tip and cruised past Oregon, 58-38, in a Big Northern Conference matinee on Feb. 3 at the MHS gym.
The Trojans ran up a 13-7 lead after the opening stanza and doubled the count, 28-14, at the half. Mendota used a 15-3 run midway through the fourth frame to blow the game open.
Pizano-Olson had the hot hand for the Trojans with 30 points, while Bokus provided 15 points. Bokus led the way with 12 rebounds.
Mendota (9-16, 3-4) poured in 46 percent of its field goal attempts, 50 percent of its free throws and had 39 rebounds. Oregon shot a chilly 28 percent from the floor, missed all of its free tosses and grabbed 28 boards.