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Mentor sets single-game scoring record, angers coach with poor defense

The Mentor (Ohio) basketball team set a school single-game scoring record in a 118-98 win over Lakeside in Friday's Division I Euclid District sectional final, but coach Bob Krizancic wasn't a happy man.

"If you score 118 and have a great defensive effort, then it's worthy of the record," Krizancic told the News-Herald. "This wasn't. This means nothing. This one should go down as an asterisk with us giving up 98 points and how poor defensively we played."

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Krizancic emptied his bench after Mentor scored 101 points (an average of 4.2 points per minute) through three quarters. The Cardinals' 118 points eclipsed the 116 points Mentor scored in a win over Cleveland JFK in 1996.

"We played one of the poorest defensive games I have ever coached here," Krizancic said. "It starts with me. It's my fault. It was just a very, very, very poor defensive game all the way around, coaches, players, managers, whatever you want to call it. Just a poor defensive effort. Wasn't tough. Wasn't aggressive."

Mentor will play South in Thursday's district semifinal.



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