Three local teams won on the first day of the Colmone Classic at Hall in Spring Valley.
St. Bede opened the tournament with a 69-51 rout of Bureau Valley in the White Pool, Mendota followed by pulling away from Stark County for a 63-48 victory in White Pool action and the host Red Devils capped the first night with a 66-63 win over Sherrard in the Red Pool.
Three-time defending champion Fieldcrest plays its first tournament game at 5 tonight against Sherrard. Mendota and St. Bede follow at 6:30 p.m. and Hall will once again cap the day, this time against Plano at 8 p.m.
St. Bede 69, Bureau Valley 51
The Storm took an early 6-2 lead and trailed just 17-14 after the first quarter, but the Bruins picked up the pace and began to beat Bureau Valley’s pressure down the court in the second quarter.
With its transition game working, St. Bede outscored the Storm 25-16 in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 42-30 lead.
“We started pushing the ball a little better,” St. Bede coach Mike Kilmartin said. “(In the first quarter), we walked the ball up and went into the teeth of their press.”
BV coach Jason Marquis was not pleased with his team’s defensive performance.
“We lacked purpose in what we did,” Marquis said. “I thought our effort was there at times, but we just didn’t execute things well. We let them leak out. Credit them, they rebounded the ball, outleted the ball and got the ball up the floor, and we didn’t defend it. That’s how they scored 42 points in a half. We’re not going to win any games if we give up 42 points in a half.”
The Bruins (5-2) continued to pull away in the second half — going up by as many as 27 points — despite heavy foul trouble.
SBA center Joe Pyszka had four fouls midway through the third quarter.
The 6-foot-7 senior still managed to finish with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds.
When Pyszka was on the bench for long stretches, other players stepped up.
Brad Groleau drained 3-of-7 3-pointers and scored 20 points, Sam Lucas scored 11 points and Ethan Duttlinger came off the bench to contribute 10 points.
“The guys who came in did quite well,” Kilmartin said. “We didn’t drop off there.”
Tommy Johnston led the Storm (6-4) with 17 points and six rebounds.
Mendota 63, Stark County 48
Mendota coach Jan Thompson wasn’t thrilled with his team’s performance, but the Trojans still managed to outscore Stark County 31-20 in the second and third quarters to win comfortably.
“I thought we started off a little sluggish,” Thompson said. “We gave Stark County a lot of confidence. We talked about details and doing the little things. I just felt like we weren’t real detail-oriented tonight.
“It’s a win and we’ll take it. It definitely gets us moving in the right direction against after (losing 73-56 to Winnebago) the other night, but if we play like that (today) against St. Bede, we’re not going to win the game.”
The Trojans outscored the Rebels 16-10 in the second quarter to take a 34-27 halftime lead and outscored Stark County 15-10 in the third to enter the final period with a 49-27 lead.
Trae Blumhorst led Mendota (6-2) with 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals. James Carroll added 14 points.
Hall 66, Sherrard 63
In a 67-64 overtime loss to Woodland on Friday, the Red Devils had more turnovers, less offensive rebounds and shot worse than the Warriors.
Monday, Hall won the turnover battle (10-15) and shot a better percentage than Sherrard (58-46.2), which allowed the Red Devils to hang on for the victory.
“You win two of three of those battles, you’re going to win games most nights,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said. “I thought we did a much better job.”
The Red Devils (3-6) knocked down five 3-pointers in the third quarter — two each by Brett Fanning and Miguel Villarreal and one just before the buzzer by Ian Trevier — to take a 51-44 lead into the final eight minutes.
“We’re a 3-point shooting team,” Filippini said. “We’re not very big. We’d like to say we want to try to get to the basket, but when you’re 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-9, it’s hard to get to the basket.”
In the fourth quarter, Hall did not miss a shot and knocked down 5-of-8 free throws to hold off the Tigers.
“I thought we did a really nice job of passing up some 3s, holding onto the ball and taking time off the clock,” Filippini said. “We had a 6-7 point lead, so we didn’t need to be jacking up shots. I thought we were really smart in the fourth quarter with our shot selection.”
Fanning finished with a game-high 30 points, Villarreal had 12 and Trevier added eight off the bench.
“A lot of guys had big contributions,” Filippini said. “Ian Trevier had a great game. He came in and had a huge eight points for us.”
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