Mentor and Brush will meet again with a trip to the Division I boys basketball regional tournament at stake.
The top-seeded Cardinals (20-3) created a rematch of last year's district final at Euclid on Thursday night when they held off third-seeded Ashtabula Lakeside, 75-66, in a district semifinal.
Guards Cole Krizancic and Jaron Crowe led the way once again. Krizancic scored 23 and Crowe had 22, giving him 1,000 career points. Mentor's 48-27 halftime lead was too much for the Dragons (18-5) to overcome. Lakeside also had a high-scoring duo in 6-3 senior Emilio Parks (27) and Brendan Hester (23).
Mentor, ranked fifth in the state and second by The Plain Dealer, meets second-seeded Brush (16-6) on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the district championship. Mentor prevailed, 59-50, in last year's final.
Clearview 76, Vermilion 59 The Clippers are enjoying life in Division II, one win away from a regional tournament berth.
Second-seeded Clearview (20-2) played in Division III last season and lost in a sectional final. They got to Saturday's Westlake District championship game against top-seeded Bay behind Anthony Hitchens, who scored 28 points and went 11-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Tony Williams (13), Eric Thompson (12) and Kyle Baughman (12) also finished in double figures.
Nick Farley scored 24 points to lead third-seeded Vermilion (14-9), which was seeking its third straight district title.