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    Mentor falls at Brunswick, 69-53, for third straight loss

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    A difficult two-game weekend on the road got off to a difficult start for the Mentor Cardinals at Brunswick on Feb. 13.

    Micah Potter and Joey Zaugg each scored a game-high 21 points, but Mentor fell to Brunswick, 69-53.

    The Blue Devils outscored the Cardinals, 27-5, in the second quarter on the way to victory in the NOC Valley matchup.

    “Micah got into foul trouble, and we only had two guys score, so it was a tough night,” Mentor coach Bob Krizancic said.

    “Brunswick is big and strong and they hit a lot of shots. We didn’t hit our shots. We had some good looks, but the shots didn’t fall. We need to bounce back, but it doesn’t get any easier at Massillon Jackson on Saturday.”

    Mentor (10-8) has lost three games in a row and will try to snap the streak at Massillon Jackson on Valentine’s Day.

    The Cardinals led, 15-9, at the end of one quarter, but trailed by 16 at halftime.

    Mentor played its sixth consecutive game without point guard Andrew Valeri (thumb injury).

    “It will be huge to get Andrew back next week because he provides depth and brings a lot to the lineup, but we have to keep playing hard – no excuses,” Krizancic said. “We get Brunswick again in 11 days at home so we will see.”

    Potter and Zaugg combined for 42 points, but the other three starters had just five points total for Mentor. Brunswick improved to 14-4. 

    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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