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Trojans bounce back for 3 of 4 wins at Plano

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2013

Mendota's Evan Carroll gets fouled by Cory Windle of Aurora Christian during action from the Plano Christmas Classic on Dec. 26. (Reporter photo)

PLANO - Mendota's number four seed in the Plano Christmas Classic was its best in recent memory. However, the Trojans were knocked off by a tough Aurora Christian club, 94-83, in their opening game on Dec. 26.

Aurora Christian led by as many as eight points in the first half, but Mendota managed to get within two at halftime, 42-40.

The third quarter was the difference in the game as the Eagles slowly pulled away thanks to Trojan turnovers and lackluster play on the defensive end of the floor.

All five of Mendota's starters reached double figures in scoring, led by Blumhorst's 25 points. James Carroll and Evan Carroll followed with 15 points apiece, while Jon Gehm had 12 and O'Sadnick 11. Blumhorst also led with seven rebounds and Evan Carroll handed out five assists.

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The Trojans bounced back in fine fashion with an 82-53 triumph over Wilmington in their second game of the tournament on Dec. 27.

Mendota led 17-13 after the initial quarter, then stretched the margin to 38-26 at halftime. The lead ballooned to 64-42 after three frames.

O'Sadnick led four Trojans in double figures with 21 points. Blumhorst and James Carroll followed with 16 points apiece, while Evan Carroll contributed 12. O'Sadnick also paced the team with 11 rebounds, Evan Carroll had six assists and Blumhorst had three steals.

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Mendota had another easy time in disposing of Coal City, 70-46, on Dec. 28

The Trojans were in command from the opening tip, zooming out to a 22-10 lead after the first eight-minute session. The count was 38-20 at halftime.

"We came out with great focus on the game at hand," stated Thompson. "We took control early and never gave it back."

Evan Carroll pumped in 15 points to lead the victory, followed by Gehm and O'Sadnick with 13 apiece, and Blumhorst with 10. Evan Carroll also led with seven rebounds, while Blumhorst had four assists before leaving the game with a sprained ankle.

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The Trojans (12-3) won their third straight game in the tournament with a 59-52 verdict over Lisle on Dec. 29 to finish ninth in the 24-team event.

Mendota, playing without leading scorer Blumhorst, trailed 13-11 after one, but took a 23-20 halftime lead and was able to hold on in the second half. The Trojans had a 23-point fourth quarter to seal the win.

Evan Carroll and James Carroll supplied 14 points apiece for Mendota. O'Sadnick hauled down a team-high eight rebounds, while Evan Carroll dished out five assists.

For the complete article see the 01-02-2013 issue.

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