Career nights by Mendon’s Joe Gales and Parker Cupp doomed host Colon in a 80-56 Hornets victory Tuesday night.
Shooting 11-for-20 from the field, including a pair of treys, Gales scored 29 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four assists. Cupp hoisted nine shots and made seven en route to 17 points.
“They also did many other tings, including Joe leading us in rebounds and Parker did a nice job on the defensive side of the floor,” said Mendon coach Dave Swanwick, whose squad improved to 13-2. “I though we picked up our defensive intensity in the second half, which led to a number of run-out baskets.
“We also looked to share the ball really well tonight, which was evident with 17 assists. I think our depth showed in the second half as well, putting many of our guys into the scoring column.”
Erik Batten reached double figures with 10 points, Zach Darmofal scored nine and Marcus Craft added five. Both Robert Riley and Logan Mathews chipped in three points, with Jordan Medich and Elijah Klepper posting two apiece.
Mendon was off and running with a 19-9 lead after the first eight minutes, but the Magi (6-8) edged the Hornets 20-19 in the second quarter to keep the game close heading into the second half. Mendon ratcheted things up over the final two frames, outscoring Colon 42-27.
Brad Brittingham finished with 24 points to lead the Magi, which also got eight points out of Billy Vaughn and six from Bailey Tyler. Tyler Schipper and Brett Prell notched five apiece, followed by Logan Vaughn and Spencer Smolarz — both scoring four. Brittingham led the team with seven rebounds, Prell had four assists and Smolarz grabbed three steals and registered three assists.