Boys Hoops: Mentor defeats Rogers, claims program's first state title

7:02 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
2012-13 Mentor boys basketball team / Photo courtesy the Ohio Athletic Association
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Caleb Potter had 24 points and Mentor used a dominating third quarter to defeat Toledo Rogers 76-67 in the Division I final of the boys state tournament at Ohio State's Value City Arena on Saturday.

Each team was seeking a first title. Rogers (21-8) was runner-up in 2011, while Mentor played in its first championship game. Mentor beat undefeated Columbus Northland in the semifinals on Friday.

Mentor (25-5) trailed 37-34 at halftime but used a 16-0 run to outscore the Ram 29-9 in the third quarter to take a 63-46 lead.

Rogers got to within eight with 42 seconds left.

Jeff Foreman had 19 points and Connor Krizancic added 16 for Mentor.

Rogers' Devonte Pratt scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half.

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