Trojans saddled with pair of home losses

Mendota’s Trent Stamberger gets fouled by Colin Nesler of Genoa-Kingston as he goes up for a shot during Big Northern Conference action on Jan. 10 at the MHS gym. (Reporter photo)

MENDOTA – Mendota was outgunned by Earlville and couldn’t keep up with Genoa-Kingston in a pair of home varsity boys’ basketball losses last week.

The Trojans let a first-quarter lead slip away and were beaten by Earlville, 58-46, in a nonconference tilt on Jan. 8 at the MHS gym.

Mendota got scoring from seven different players and opened up a 16-10 lead after the first eight-minute session, but Earlville found its stroke in the second period and outscored the Trojans, 21-6, to take a 31-22 halftime lead. Davis Sweeney keyed the second-quarter surge for Earlville by knocking down four shots from three-point range on his way to scoring 17 of the team’s 21 points in the stanza.

The Red Raiders kept bombing away from three-point land in the third quarter and sank four treys to up their lead to 12 (47-35) heading to the fourth.

The Trojans were led in scoring by Emiliano Arteaga and Krew Bond with nine points apiece. Abraham Guzman and Cole Stremlau contributed seven and six tallies, respectively. Sweeney finished with 19 points to pace Earlville, while Mike Sansone (12) and Landon Larkin (11) also hit double figures.

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The Trojans returned to Big Northern Conference play and were outgunned by Genoa-Kingston, 53-39, on Jan. 10 at the MHS gym.

In the same scenario as the Earlville game, the Trojans grabbed a 14-12 lead after the dust settled on the first quarter, but second-quarter problems cropped up again. The Cogs pumped in 23 points in the frame and Mendota was limited to just six as Genoa-Kingston took a 35-20 lead to the locker room. The Trojans couldn’t get any closer in the second half.

Eleven players dented the scoreboard for the Trojans (2-17, 0-2), led by Emiliano Arteaga with eight markers. Josue Arteaga was next with six points, followed by Emilio Perez and Bond with five apiece.

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