When the Mentor and Euclid boys basketball teams played Saturday night, it had the makings of a trap game for the Cardinals.
Mentor was playing a long-time rival. They had a game the night before against Willoughby South and the Arby's Classic Tournament in the upcoming week, so it was conceivable they could get caught looking back or forward.
But Mentor (5-0) wasn't falling for any traps.
They topped the Panthers (2-3) 81-51.
Mentor led by 11 at the half but truly put the game away when they outscored Euclid 24-15 in the third quarter.
As they have done all season, the Cardinals shared the points with five Mentor players scoring in double digits.
Jeff Foreman led the way with 16 points. Conner Krizancic and Brody Nelson both had 14. Caleb Potter and Kade McClure scored 13 and 12, respectively.
Mentor Coach Bob Krizancic's team may have won all of its first five games by a combined 156 points but he is still looking for ways they can improve.
"We're still sloppy with the basketball," Krizancic told The Plain Dealer. "We didn't shoot well, but I liked our attitude and our mentality. One of our mantras is 'no fear' and I think we showed that for the most part."
Ty'Lynn Alexander led Euclid with 15 points. He was the only Panther to score more than nine.
Mentor leaves Christmas day to play in the Arby's Classic Tournament in Tennessee. The Cardinals were second place in last year's tournament.
They beat a state semifinalist, a state runner-up and a two-time state champion to make it to the championship game where they fell to powerhouse Christ School in North Carolina