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."
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.