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Mentor High, Lake Catholic Boys Basketball Teams Top Opponents

The Cardinals did it by rout, the Cougars did it at the buzzer but both teams came away with the W Friday night

Both the Mentor High and Lake Catholic boys basketball teams won their games against Strongsville and Archbishop Hoban, respectively, Friday night.

The Lake Catholic Cougars did it with a dramatic buzzer beater. Meanwhile, the Cardinals had their second rout in as many games.

Lake Catholic (3-1) held the lead for most of their game but needed a last-minute basket from Ben Meola to notch the 60-58 win.

Mark Baniewicz led the Cougars with 25 points. Zavier Powers added another 17 for Lake Catholic.

Jaelen Hollinger led Hoban with 14 points.

Meanwhile, a short-handed Mentor squad (2-0) still made short work of Strongsville in a 106-56 win.

Would-be starters Brandon Fritts and Brody Nelson have not yet played this season but that did not matter once Kyle Hagey came off the bench and started hitting 3-pointers.

Hagey led the Cardinals with 23 points -- including 19 in the first half, 18 of which came off of threes.

“All week long I felt awful shooting 3s, but tonight I got open and I was hitting the shots,” Hagey told Ohio Varsity after the game. “It wasn’t just me. We all are shooters and everybody on the team can score.”

Everyone who played for Mentor Friday night did score during the rout. Conner Krizancic, Caleb Potter, Jeff Foreman and Kade McClure all put up a dozen or more points for the Cardinals.

Potter also grabbed 12 rebounds, giving him his second double-double of the season.

Mentor nailed a total of 15 3-pointers during the game, according to Ohio Varsity.

Kyle Meehan and Brandon Bailey led the Mustangs with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

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