Soph boys drop 3 in tourney

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Posted 12/15/21

SPRING VALLEY – The Mendota sophomore boys’ basketball team lost all three of its games played in the Colmone Classic at Spring Valley.

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Soph boys drop 3 in tourney

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SPRING VALLEY – The Mendota sophomore boys’ basketball team lost all three of its games played in the Colmone Classic at Spring Valley.

The Trojans opened up with a 50-24 setback to LaSalle-Peru. Mendota fell behind 12-5 after the opening quarter and then was outscored, 14-3, in the second period to trail by a 26-8 count at halftime.

Jace Baird’s eight points led the way for the Trojans, followed by Owen Aughenbaugh with five, and Logan Dewey and Cale Strouss with four apiece.

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Another slow start doomed the Trojans in a 47-25 defeat to Fieldcrest in the second round of the tournament. Fieldcrest jumped out to a 16-4 advantage after the first stanza and took a 27-10 lead to intermission.

Aughenbaugh topped the scoring chart for Mendota with eight points. Strouss was next with five tallies, while Baird and Mason Koch each had four markers.

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Mendota wrapped up tournament play with a 42-23 loss to Pontiac. The Trojans held a 10-8 lead at the end of the first eight-minute session, but they went cold in the second quarter and scored only two points compared to 13 for Pontiac. Mendota crept back to within five (23-18) heading to the fourth frame, but Pontiac pumped in 19 points in the final period and the Trojans managed only five.

Strouss hit double-digits for Mendota with 11 points and Domenic Richey provided five tallies.

Mendota’s season record is 2-4.