Elks News · Boys Basketball Knocks Off #1 State Ranked Mentor, Advances To State Final Game


The varsity boys basketball team won it’s 15th game in a row and moved to 25-3 on the year with a 63-49 win over the #1 state ranked Mentor Cardinals. The Elks held a team that was averaging 86 points to 49!

The Elks controlled the game basically from the start jumping out to an 11-2 lead and maintaining  the lead the entire game. The Elks lead 15-7 at the end of the 1st quarter and 22-15 at the half. The Elks were able to do something that they have rarely had to do all year and that is play without sophomore point guard Gabe Cupps who was in foul trouble most of the night and not able to play his usual 31+ minutes. Sophomore Kyle Kenney stepped up big time for the Elks.

Also coming off the bench to contribute great minutes were Jayson Hayes, Ryan Kiefer and Quinn Hafner. The Elks went 9 deep to handle the Cardinals. The Elks led 36-24 heading into the 4th quarter and maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the game. Tom House had 21 points and Gabe Cupps 11 points to lead the Elks in scoring but this team has so many contributors in so many other ways it is what makes them a great team.

The team will now face 22-2 Westerville Central in the title game on Sunday at 8:30 pm. Now for the hard part, everyone believes they deserve, are entitled to or should get tickets. The reality is that we only have so many tickets and the player/cheer/coach families should be the 1st priority. Once they have all been able to purchase their tickets then we will try and take care of our students and school community and then the general supportive unattached fan being the last folks to get a chance. Not because you are not valued but because the attendance restrictions make it that way. Beginning at 9 AM this morning we will allow our students and staff to buy any tickets remaining of our 650 that the families did not buy. Then around 10 AM we will start sharing with our basketball community a code that will begin working at 11 am  at which time any available tickets become free game.  The games is streamed for free on Spectrum for Spectrum subscribers and streamed for $9.99 on www.ohsaa.tv for those that do not have Spectrum.  Let’s have some grace and humility and not make it about you and just be happy we are where we are and provide support from no matter where that ends up being.