BINGHAMTON — Mendon used its superior size and some slick passing to beat Troy 92-67 in a state Class A boys' basketball semifinal game Friday at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
Troy (21-5) stayed with Mendon (Section V, 26-0) in the first quarter and trailed by two points before the Vikings of Pittsford outscored the Section II champions 46-29 in the middle frames.
Dan Cook, a 6-foot-6 senior, paced Mendon with 38 points, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jacob Shadders had eight of the Vikings' 17 assists, took down eight rebounds, and was among three other double-digit scorers with 11 points.
"They're talented," Troy coach Greg Davis said. "They scored 92 points, and that's a lot for a high school game. We didn't have an answer for their size, and they shared the ball very well."
Nazaire Merritt and Latyce Faison led Troy with 26 and 21 points, respectively. Merritt went 12-for-14 from the line and added four assists. Lateef Johnson finished with six points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.
Troy lost in the 2016 state title game, and bowed out in the 2013 state semifinals.
"My message to them was we're still champions," Davis said after emerging from the Troy locker room. "We won the sectionals, and we won the regionals."
Troy beat Gloversville (69-55) for the Section II flag and raced past Malone (94-52) and Jamesville-DeWitt (78-56) in regional competition to make it back to the state final four, where Mendon was equally quick and used its transition game to great effect.
"In the second half, their rebounding got us, and they were getting easy layups," Davis said.
Shadders 4-3-11, Krapf 3-2-8, Cook 14-9-38, Harrington 6-1-14, Birmingham 1-0-3, Hennessey 0-2-2, Arena 2-0-4, Strauf 6-0-12. Totals: 36-17-92.
Cruel 1-0-2, Johnson 3-0-6, Merritt 7-12-26, Cummings 0-1-1, Wolfe 2-0-5, Faison 8-1-21, Little 2-0-4, Smith 1-0-2. Totals: 24-14-67.
Mendon 20 22 24 26 — 92
Troy 18 13 16 20 — 67