Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Fast Break Q&A with the Cardinals

FAST BREAK Q&A WITH THE CARDINALS

 

IAN TENKKU

Q: What are your goals this season?
A: Individually, I need to finish around the basket more often and play better defense. Team-wise, everyone wants to make the state tournament. We just need to communicate and play as a team.

Q: What does it mean to play “Mentor basketball”?
A: It means fast-paced, constant movement all around. We need to get back to that consistently and we will be all set.

Q: What is your most memorable moment as a Cardinal?
A: We went to Tennessee for the Arby’s Classic when I was a junior and I felt like I connected with all the guys and it was great because I wasn’t at Mentor for every year in high school. It just made me feel more comfortable around all the guys.

Q: What Cardinal did you enjoy watching play or base your game after?
A: I enjoy watching Joey Zaugg play the game. He plays hard, he is a great captain and a teammate. He has your back.

Q: What is something that people don’t know about you?
A: I started out in high school at West Geauga. Here at Mentor there is so much communication throughout the whole program from Coach K down to the middle schools.

NICK DILIBERTO

Q: What are your goals this season?
A: The ultimate goal is to win a state championship. We have to play hard every game and come out with Ws. I don’t play that much, but when I do I want to go as hard as I can.

Q: What does it mean to play “Mentor basketball”?
A: First thing that comes to mind is hard work. We are always out here giving 100 percent and playing for friends and teammates.

Q: What is your most memorable moment as a Cardinal?
A: Making the team. It is an honor to be part of the Mentor basketball program.

Q: What Cardinal did you enjoy watching play or base your game after?
A: Jeff Forman. During the beginning of the year his senior year, he was good, but you really saw him escalate his game and help win the state title.

Q: What is something that people don’t know about you?
A: The middle of last year I got the nickname DiLo and it stuck. So now any time I hear that, I know it is for me.
 

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. 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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