Trojans split pair of Three Rivers games; take down North Boone

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Mendota couldn’t keep up with Hall and dropped a 53-42 decision to the Red Devils in Three Rivers Conference action on Jan. 25 at Spring Valley.

After trailing by just a bucket (16-14) heading to the second quarter, the Trojans were outscored, 12-7, in the stanza and were down 28-21 at the break. Hall built on its lead in the third period on its way to the double-digit victory.

Krew Bond paced Mendota’s scoring with 15 points, while Ryne Strouss hit double figures with 14 tallies.

Hall had the three-ball working as eight of its 20 field goals came from beyond the arc.

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The Trojans were able to survive a St. Bede second-half comeback and downed the Bruins, 41-33, in league play on Jan. 28 at the MHS gym.

Mendota put together a solid first half and took a 23-13 lead to the locker room. But its point total dipped to just six in the third period and St. Bede tallied 14 to make it a two-point game with eight minutes left to play. The Trojans got things together again in the fourth and outscored the Bruins, 12-6, to claim their second conference win of the season against four losses.

Bond was the lone Mendota player in double figures with 18 points. Strouss added seven points and Rafael Romero provided six.

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Mendota made it two straight wins after a 59-49 triumph over North Boone on Jan. 29 at the MHS gym.

A slow start put the Trojans in a 12-6 hole after the first quarter, but they reversed the trend and were able to carry a 20-18 lead to the locker room. Mendota slowly pulled away in the second half on its way to the double-digit victory.

Bond scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half. Strouss dropped in nine points, all in the second half, and Izaiah Nanez helped out with eight markers.

The Trojans (5-15) had four less field goals than North Boone, but they were 25 of 35 from the free throw line compared to six of 11 for the Vikings.