Trojans dealt losses by Newman, Rock Falls, Ottawa

Mendota’s Rafael Romero has his shot contested by a pair of Rock Falls defenders, including Chevy Bates, right, on Jan. 13 at the MHS gym. (Reporter photo)

Sterling Newman pulled away from Mendota in the second half on its way to a 63-43 triumph over the Trojans in a Three Rivers Conference varsity boys’ basketball contest on Jan. 10 at the MHS gym. Mendota dropped to 1-3 in conference play.

The two teams played to a 13-all tie after the opening stanza and then Newman grabbed a 25-20 halftime lead. The game was still up for grabs (41-34) heading to the fourth frame, where the Comets outscored Mendota, 22-9, to win by a comfortable margin.

Dominik Stamberger led the Trojans with 10 points, while Isaac Guzman and Rafael Romero supplied nine points apiece.

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Mendota let a big lead slip away as Rock Falls rallied in the second half for a 71-58 nonconference triumph over the Trojans in a varsity boys’ basketball contest on Jan. 13 at the MHS gym.

The Trojans zoomed out to a 13-3 lead on their way to a 21-12 advantage after the first quarter. Mendota was able to maintain that nine-point lead (37-28) at intermission.

After Romero scored the first bucket of the third quarter for a 39-28 lead, the Rockets started chipping away over the remainder of the frame. The Trojans were still clinging to a 45-40 margin on an Guzman basket with 2:47 to go in the quarter, but Rock Falls scored the final six points of the period on back-to-back three-pointers by Aydan Goff and Kuitim Heald to grab a 46-45 lead with one quarter to play.

Heald started the fourth with another trey before a Ryne Strouss free throw halted a 9-0 Rocket run to make it 49-46 with 7:37 to go. That was as close as the Trojans could get as Rock Falls’ lead reached double figures (59-49) with 3:15 left.

Three Trojans hit double digits in scoring, led by Guzman with 18 points. Izaiah Nanez was next with 15 markers and Romero added 14.

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Ottawa led from start to finish in downing the Trojans, 59-32, in a nonconference game on Jan. 14 at Ottawa.

The Pirates took a 15-5 first-quarter lead and went to the locker room with a comfortable 33-9 margin.

Guzman led the Trojans (7-15) with nine points, while Stamberger provided seven tallies.

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