High school sports is all about turnover. Each year you replace graduating seniors and any other players who have not returned.
And, despite the Mentor High boys basketball team's consistent success, it seemed it would be a difficult task to replace the trifecta of Danny Wallack, Mitch Trubisky and Ohio's Mr. Basketball Justin Fritts from last year's squad.
Furthermore, the Cardinals were also without starters Brandon Fritts and Brody Nelson because of injuries Saturday night against Brush.
Ultimately, the vacancies did not matter. A big night from junior Caleb Potter and consistent work from the entire team led to an 82-51 win against Brush.
Potter led the Cardinals in scoring and rebounds with 21 points and 13 boards.
Conner Krizancic and Jeff Foreman were the only other Cardinals to score in double digits with 12 and 13 points, respectively. They both also had five assists and Foreman grabbed 7 rebounds.
Always dangeround from behind the arc, the Cardinals made 11 of their 36 3-point attempts. By comparision, Brush hit three of 15.
Just as important -- Mentor only had four turnovers in the game and one in the first half as the Cardinals accrued a 47-25 lead at half time.
"This game was very good for our confidence, especially to see how they would play without Justin and Danny out there and with two guys like Brandon and Brody on the bench, who could easily give us 35 points and 20 rebounds a night," Coach Bob Krizancic told Bill Tilton of Real Chalk Talk.
The Cardinals travel to Strongsville Friday for their next game.