COLUMBUS — Mentor used a 29-9 third quarter to rally from a 37-34 halftime deficit and held on to beat Toledo Rogers 76-67 in the Division I state championship game on Saturday night.
It marks the first state title in school history for the Cardinals, which had been to state just once and had never won a Final Four game until this year.
Caleb Potter scored a game-high 24 points for Mentor, which lost to Cincinnati Moeller in overtime in the 2010 semifinals in the only other appearance at state for the Cardinals. Jeff Foreman added 19 points and Connor Krizancic 16 for Mentor, which closes out the season with a 25-5 mark.
Devonte Pratt led Rogers with 23 points, but was limited to just two points in the second half. Clemmye Owens chipped in a dozen points and Fadil Robinson had 10 for the Rams (21-8), but Tony Kynard scored only eight points before fouling out after scoring 25 in a 58-51 semifinal victory over Cincinnati Walnut Hills.
The loss prevented Toledo Rogers from becoming the first Toledo Public School from winning a state crown since Toledo Scott beat Cincinnati Woodward in the 1990 championship contest.