The Kewanee Boys snapped a 2 game losing streak, bouncing back to defeat Mendota on Friday. Full results and analysis from Coach Matt Clark and the Kewanee Athletics Department.
Kewanee – 52
Mendota – 45
The Kewanee Boilermakers traveled to Mendota Friday night to take on the Mendota Trojans looking to bounce back after a tough loss Wednesday night dropping their overall record to 8-9 on the season. The game versus Mendota marked the 15th road game on the season as the Boilermakers looked to even up their overall record.
Mendota would start the game fast while attacking the basket in front a large Friday night crowd celebrating their 1993 “Elite” 8 team. Kewanee struggled early with the physicality of the Trojans that was allowed from the officials and committed 5 first quarter turnovers. The Boilers would clean up their mistakes and close the quarter only trialing 12-11. Leading scorer, junior Brady Clark, who is closing in on 1,000 career points, led the Boilers in first quarter scoring with 5 points. Defensively the Boilers would use their 1-3-1 zone defense to limit easy opportunities for the Trojans.
Kewanee started quarter two struggling once again offensively. The Boilers looked out of sync on the offensive end which allowed Mendota to stay in the game while only scoring 9 second quarter points. Sophomore Catrelle Reed would lead the turn around in the second by attacking the basket and converting on two driving buckets in traffic. Kewanee trailed 21-20 with under a minute to play in the half when Clark would knock down back to back threes to end the half helping the Boilers grab a 26-21 lead.
Quarter three was a back and forth quarter with both teams searching to find quality shots in the half court. Mendota would use a full court man defense to frustrate the Boilers making it difficult for them to initiate their offense. The Trojans would pull within one at 33-32 with under two minutes play in the third when junior Blaise Lewis would knock down two pull up jumpers off of a high ball screen each time. Kewanee would end the quarter holding their 5 point halftime lead at 37-32.
Lewis would continue knocking down shots to start the fourth quarter as he would hit another pull up jumper and a driving bucket to stretch the lead to 41-34 early in the fourth. Kewanee would hold a 5 to 6 point lead most of the final quarter until a banked in 3 pointer would closer the lead to 47-44 with 3 minutes to play. The Boilers would go into their delay offense to burn clock and shorten the game limiting any chances of Mendota grabbing the lead back. A pair of key free throws with under a minute would clinch it for Kewanee as they would close the game out with a 52-45 victory.
The win moves the Boilermakers to 9-9 on the season with 10 regular season games left. Kewanee was led in scoring once again by Brady Clark with 17 points. Joining Clark with double figures was Blaise Lewis and Catrelle Reed with 11 each. Post players, senior Jaiden Little and junior Will Rumbold would each tally 6 points and combined for double figures in rebounding while anchoring the Boilers defense. To round out the scoring was sophomore Davontae Jordan who went 1-2 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Jordan continued his tremendous defensive play and all around hustle to bring a spark of the bench each game.
Kewanee will be back in action Tuesday night as they travel to Princeton to take on the 21-0 Princeton Tigers with action set to begin at 7pm.