Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Short-handed Mentor grinds out win over host Solon

Just 11 games into the season and Mentor seems to doing something in January that Coach Bob Krizancic hopes he doesn't have to deal with in March.

The youthful Cardinals are thriving in the face of adversity.

With senior guards Andrew Valeri and Kyle McIntosh out with injury and junior standout Allen Sims limited by illness, Mentor found a way to go on the road and defeat Solon, 61-57, on Jan. 5.

The win was the first of 2016 for the Cardinals, who improved to 8-3 on the season and 3-1 in the Greater Cleveland Conference.

“We want to be playing meaningful games in late February and in March, so for our young guys to get this kind of experience on the road and win is huge with Valeri and McIntosh out,” Krizancic said.

“I told the guys we have a window of opportunity. I think we have a chance to grow and build with our youth and when we get healthy hopefully soon we can be a really good basketball team.”

Junior guard Jack Korsok led the Cardinals with a game-high 25 points. Sophomore Tadas Tatarunas added 12 points and Andrew Robinson chipped in 11 for Mentor.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the end of one quarter and were able to maintain control for the remainder of the night.

“We finally won the turnover battle and the free throw battle which we haven’t done this year,” Krizancic said. “Korsok scored and played well and we had a lot of young guys out there getting meaningful minutes. I am eager to see what we look like once we are healthy and playing together for a while.”

Mentor takes on GCC foe Elyria at home on Jan. 8. McIntosh could dress and see action for the first time this season against the Pioneers.

"We are 3-1 in the league which is huge and two of our three losses are in double overtime so we could have 9 or 10 wins," Krizancic said.

"Our young guys are getting valuable minutes and hopefully we are learning. It will be interesting to see what kind of team this is in February and March."

Steve Hare
Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, 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.

Related Articles

Stay Connected


Latest Articles

Two CVC bowlers earn state tournament berths

Two Chagrin Valley Conference bowlers will roll with the best after clinching their berths into the 2024 OHSAA State Bowling Tournament.

CVC Athletes of the Week

Athletes from five different schools have been named the Chagrin Valley Conference Athletes of the Week for the week ending Feb. 11.

Six CVC wrestlers win pre-regional titles

Six Chagrin Valley Conference wrestlers won individual titles at one of three girls’ pre-regional tournaments on Sunday.

CVC wrestlers claim 23 individual, 2 team titles at sectional tournaments

Chagrin Valley Wrestlers locked down 23 individual and two team titles at eight different Northeast Sectional tournaments on Saturday.

Trinity uses early run to pull away at Grand Valley

Trinity used a 10-0 first-quarter run to pull away from host Grand Valley in a 55-28 sectional championship-clinching win on Saturday.