MENTOR — Ryan Badowski had just distinguished himself from every other player in Brunswick boys basketball history.
Badowski, though, is a team player. That’s why he was subdued in the aftermath of the Blue Devils’ 85-72 overtime loss at Mentor on Friday night, the game in which he passed Tyler Ferrell to become Brunswick’s all-time scoring leader.
“My teammates have pushed me to get better every day,” the 6-foot-3 senior guard said after scoring 29 points. “My coaches have helped me get through the process of being a varsity player. …. Obviously, there are mixed feelings with the loss.”
Badowski has now scored 1,139 points in 76 games (15.0 average) during his Brunswick career. Ferrell, now playing collegiately at Baldwin Wallace, tallied 1,136 points from 2007-10. Badowski on Friday night also surpassed the scoring totals of former Brunswick standouts Todd Grabowski (1,116 points, 1984-88) and Tom Beeching (1,121 points, 1963-66).
Badowski has made a commitment to play Division I college basketball at Longwood (Va.) University.
Brunswick is 9-7, 3-5 after the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division loss. The Blue Devils lost their previous game 58-56 in double overtime at Medina on Monday night.
Mentor (9-9, 4-4) was led by guard Kyle Hagey (27 points), forward Kade McClure (21 points, 9 rebounds) and guard Conner Krizancic (16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists).
Mentor is the defending D-I state champion but lost several players from that team to graduation. The Cardinals played without standout guard Caleb Potter, who has a shoulder injury but could be ready to return for the postseason.
Guard Jason Okulovich scored 14 points for Brunswick, including a 3-pointer from the top of the arc at the regulation buzzer to tie the score at 67 and force overtime. Okulovich hit two free throws for the first points of the extra session, but Mentor went on a 14-0 run to lead 81-69 with 1:11 to go.
Badowski set Brunswick’s scoring standard with his final points of the game, a 3-pointer that cut Mentor’s lead to 64-63 with 1:15 left in regulation. He finished 9-for-16 from the field, including 4-for-7 on 3-point tries.
“He’s a phenomenal player, a phenomenal kid,” Blue Devils coach Joe Mackey said. “(The record) is well-deserved.
“Ryan kept us in the game. He’s a team guy. He’s sick that we lost, but once he realizes that of all the kids who’ve laced it up for us, he’s scored the most points, he will understand what a great accomplishment it is.”
Mentor made 34-of-40 free throws, benefiting from a 22-point edge over Brunswick at the foul line.
Krizancic, who canned all 12 of his free throw tries, not only helped Mentor to its state basketball title, but enjoyed a brilliant 2013 football season as the quarterback for a Cardinals team that lost to Cincinnati Moeller 55-52 in the state championship game. He will play college football at Minnesota, which plans to use him as a receiver.
Badowski and Krizancic played AAU basketball together prior to their freshman seasons.
“We talked,” Badowski said. “I congratulated him on his Minnesota commitment and he congratulated me about Longwood.”
Bob Krizancic, Conner’s father, is Mentor’s basketball coach, and remembers Badowski as an AAU player.
“I knew then he was special,” Bob Krizancic said. “I told him to have an outstanding college career, and I know he will. He has no weakness in his game.”
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Mentor 85, Brunswick 72 (OT)
BRUNSWICK 12 15 25 15 5 — 72
MENTOR 16 17 13 21 18 — 85
Brunswick — Zach Parker 3-0-7, Eric Bulic 1-0-2, Anthony Slane 3-2-8, Jason Okulovich 4-2-14, Ryan Badowski 9-7-29, Steve Ficyk 2-1-7, Nate Armagost 1-0-2, Zach Cebula 1-0-3, Austin Conn 0-0-0, Michael Quiring 0-0-0. Totals: 24-12-72.
Mentor — Kyle Hagey 7-9-27, Kade McClure 7-6-21, Micah Potter 2-7-11, Conner Krizancic 2-12-16, Joey Zaugg 2-0-6, Andre Valeri 1-0-2, Michael Ours 1-0-2, Nick Fillar 0-0-0, Ian Tenkku 0-0-0. Totals: 22-34-85.
3-point goals — Badowski 4, Okulovich 4, Ficyk 2, Parker, Cebula, Hagey 4, Zaugg 2, McClure. Rebounds — Brunswick 23 (Badowski 6), McClure 29 (McClure, Krizancic 9). Assists — Brunswick 18 (Okulovich 5), Mentor 12 (Krizancic 5). Records — Brunswick (9-7, 3-5), Mentor (9-9, 4-4). Junior varsity —Brunswick 51, Mentor 37.