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Trojans knock off old nemesis Princeton

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 4th, 2012

Several Princeton defenders, including Zach Stroud, left, attempt to stop Mendota’s James Carroll from getting a shot away during basketball action on Nov. 30 at the MHS gym. Carroll’s 23 points lifted MHS to victory. (Reporter photo)

MENDOTA - Princeton has pretty much owned the Mendota Trojans on the hardwood over the last five or so years. Not anymore.

The Trojans used a strong third quarter to pull away from the Tigers and post a 60-51 victory on Nov. 30 at the MHS gym. The win upped Mendota's mark to 4-1 on the season, while Princeton's record is even at 3-3.

After owning a narrow 29-27 halftime lead, the Trojans came out of the break and scored the first six points of the third quarter to open up some daylight. James Carroll got things started with a conventional three-point play, followed by an Austin O'Sadnick steal and layup, and one free throw by Evan Carroll.

Princeton halted the run with a basket from Josh Kieffer, but the Trojans closed out the quarter by outscoring the Tigers, 9-4, to take a 44-33 lead after three. Scoring for the Trojans were O'Sadnick on a rebound put-back, Mark Prescott on a trifecta, and James Carroll with a pair of buckets.

Mendota led by as many as 14 (49-35) in the fourth quarter after another three-ball by Prescott before a 7-0 run by Princeton later in the frame cut the Trojan lead down to six with 4:08 to play. But the Tigers couldn't get any closer and Evan Carroll connected on four of four free throws in the final minute to help preserve the victory.

"We came out a little flat but got it going in the second half, holding Princeton to just six points in the third quarter," said Trojan coach Jan Thompson. "We had a huge game from James Carroll, and also saw some nice things from Austin O'Sadnick and Mark Prescott."

James Carroll paced the Trojans with 23 points, while O'Sadnick finished with 14. Also, O'Sadnick led the squad with seven boards, James Carroll had eight steals and Evan Carroll handed out three assists.

Princeton managed to win the battle on the glass, 33-16, but it also committed 18 turnovers to just nine for Mendota.

The Trojans shot at a 44 percent clip from the floor and 60 percent from the line, while the Tigers made 37 percent of their field goal attempts and 100 percent of their free throws.

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