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    Mentor falls to host CPA in opener of Next Level Hoop Fest in Nashville

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    Mentor's 5-game winning streak ended on Dec. 29.

    Cardinals coach Bob Krizancic said his team needs to be more aggressive to avoid a losing streak in Nashville.

    Mentor shot 6 of 25 from 3-point range and were unable to get tempo in its favor while falling to host Christ Presbyterian Academy, 69-54, on the opening day of the CPA Next Level Hoop Fest.

    It was the first loss for the Cardinals since opening night in overtime vs. Garfield Heights.

    "We were tentative. We need to be much more aggressive against these teams down here," Krizancic said.

    "(CPA) was good. They hit some shots. But we have played teams like that before. We just needed to be more aggressive against the press than we were. We needed to attack and we didn't do that. These guys knew coming down here what we were getting into with this competition. We will need to be very good the next two days."

    Mentor (5-2) fell out of the winner's bracket and will play Episcopal Collegiate (AR) at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 in Round 2.

    Junior center Micah Potter led the Cardinals with 25 points and seven rebounds. Mentor was outscored in each of the first three quarters and trailed, 55-34, heading into the fourth quarter.

    Austin Koss came off the bench and hit three 3s for the Cardinals and finished with nine points. No other Mentor player had more than five points.

    Braxton Blackwell, a D-I recruit from CPA had 20 points. Micah Davis hit six 3s and finished with 18 for the Lions. 

    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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