A strong push in the second quarter provided enough separation for the Mendon boys basketball team Friday in a 69-54 win at Climax-Scotts.
The Hornets (6-2) outscored the Panthers 22-8 in the second frame to take a 38-20 lead into the locker room. Mendon shot 57.4 percent (31 of 54) from the field and 46.2 percent (6 of 13) from deep for the game.
Joe Gales lit it up Climax-Scotts for 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting. Jordan Medich dumped in 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and had an assist, while Marcus Craft and Zach Darmofal each posted nine points. Craft chipped in three assists and three rebounds, and Darmofal added three points and seven assists.
Erik Batten produced six points and five rebounds, Parker Cupp posted four points and two assists, Logan Mathews had two points, Logan Slaughter contributed four rebounds, Elijah Klepper tallied a dish, Zach Higgins grabbed a pair of rebounds and
Kyle Wiswell finished with one rebound and one assist.
“I thought they brought good defensive intensity tonight,” Mendon coach Dave Swanwick said. “We shot well and almost put four guys into double figures. We shared well and at the correct time to get guys the shots they can hit. Good win against an always competitive Climax team.”
The Hornets converted on just one of seven free-throw attempts but only turned the ball over eight times.
Dallas Froberg led the Panthers (5-4) with 15 points.