Mentor didn't flinch from the challenge, finally repelling Solon 60-58 on March 6 in Ohio boys high school basketball action.
The Comets started on steady ground by forging a 14-12 lead over the Cardinals at the end of the first quarter.
Mentor's shooting moved to a 30-29 lead over Solon at the intermission.
The Cardinals' edge showed as it carried a 48-46 lead into the fourth quarter.
The two squads shadow-boxed through an evenly-played 12-12 final quarter.