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    Fast start not enough as Mentor falls at Medina

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    Mentor is still not a complete team due to injury.

    On a trip to Medina on Jan. 15, the Cardinals certainly did not play a complete game and it cost them dearly in a 65-49 loss to the Bees.

    With senior point guard Andrew Valeri out with a concussion and Kyle McIntosh just recently returning from a sprained MCL that kept him out for more than a month, Mentor was able to jump out to a 26-16 lead in the first quarter against Medina.

    However, the Bees responded by holding the Cardinals to 23 points over the next 24 minutes of play to pull away for the Greater Cleveland Conference victory.

    “We scored 26 points in the first quarter and 23 the last three quarters. We only had six 2s on the night, we could not score in the paint and Jon Teske (7-foot-1 Michigan recruit) intimidated everyone,” Mentor coach Bob Krizancic said. “We could not press because we could not score. It is frustrating right now. Getting healthy is huge and we will be glad to get Valeri back.”

    Teske had game highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds, as Medina used his length to its advantage. Following an early 10-point deficit, the Bees held Mentor (8-5, 3-3) to just 12 points in the second and third quarters to keep at least a share of first place in the GCC.

    Mentor started fast with Andrew Robinson hitting six 3s. Five triples came in the first quarter, which closed with a 12-2 Mentor run.

    Medina responded by holding the Cardinals to just 4-of-24 shooting in the middle two quarters.

    The Bees outscored Mentor, 49-23, over the final three quarters.

    Valeri missed the first few weeks with an ankle injury, then suffered a concussion two weeks ago during Mentor’s trip to Tennessee. Without Valeri, Robinson’s 18 points – all on threes – paced the Cardinals’ scoring. Jack Korsok added 16 points, including four threes.

    For Medina, Luke Schaefer chipped in 13 points and six assists. Jimmy Daw added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.

    Mentor plays again Tuesday at home vs. GCC foe Shaker Heights.

     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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