COLUMBUS - The Mentor Cardinals defeated Toledo Rogers to win the OHSAA boys Division One state basketball championship 76-67 at the Jerome T. Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Mentor used a 15-0 third quarter run to set the stage for the second half of the game. The Cardinals Jeff Foreman had 19 points to lead Mentor.
The Cardinals end the season at 26-5, under head coach Bob Krizancic.
It was Mentor's its second state tournament.
The Cardinals last appeared at the state tournament in 2010, falling to Cincinnati Moeller, 66-59. Mentor enters the state tournament as the highest scoring team of the 16 participants at nearly 84 points per game.
The Cardinals got to Columbus thanks to a 20-point win over Shaker Heights, a team they lost to twice in the regular season. Mentor has terrific scoring balance with senior Jeff Foreman averaging 15 points per game, followed by juniors Caleb Potter (14 ppg.), Conner Krizancic (13.3 ppg.) and Brandon Fritts (13.3 ppg.). Krizancic and Fritts were both outstanding wide receivers for Mentor’s state semi-finalist football squad.
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