AKRON OH- Senior season, what is so often talked about as the pinnacle of a high school sports career. The season when kids apply everything they have learned from the three previous into play and make themselves an all-around complete player and the best version of themselves. Senior night is a celebration of all the hard work put in through years of dedication that made these young men and women the leaders of not only their schools, but our future as well. Friday night was not only boys basketball night on the network, it was a senior night celebration for The Archbishop Hoban Knights! 

Accomplishing yet another winning season for the program and seeding already sorted in the tournament, Hoban took to the floor with one goal, win for their seniors. Head Coach T.K. Griffith has been to this rodeo plenty of times and acknowledged the moment for his leaders by ensuring plenty of playing time all around. The Knights opponent? None other than a young and very talented Cornerstone Christian Patriots squad! Both programs entered into Friday night with a 16-3 record and were looking to test their might against tough competition before the upcoming State Championship Tournament! 

The Patriots also had a sophomore superstar in Quinn Kwasniak who was averaging 30.4 points per game prior to entering The Castle. Right out of the gate, The Knights started to set the tone with early steals that led to plenty of transition buckets. Creating the live-ball turnovers tended to be a theme for Hoban, as they picked and dished their way to a 21-12 lead after one quarter of play. That script did not change entering the second quarter, especially with Hoban being as hot as a blowtorch from the arc! A total of eight Knights connected with distance shots over the course of the game, including five seniors! “Passing up good shots for great shots.” as Coach T.K. Griffith said this was the mentality for Hoban who out scored The Patriots 23-9 in the second quarter and really separated themselves from Cornerstone, taking a 44-21 halftime lead! 

Following the ten minute intermission, Cornerstone Christian came back swinging and refused to go down without a battle. DJ Niles and Carter Armstrong were getting into rhythm for The Patriots, cleaning up the glass for extra looks while creating and converting some tough looks of their own in an attempt to trim their deficit. However, The Knights maintained enough offense to ride out the second half in a convincing enough fashion to capture their 17th win of the season! 

Following the loss, Cornerstone Christian (16-4) will now host International Sports Academy. While the win for Hoban (17-3) will put them on the road in a matchup with The Federal League’s Perry Panthers (5-15). Interviews with winning Head Coach T.K. Griffith and Player of The Game Logan Vowles can be found below! 


Scoring (Hoban)

Andrew Grffith: 12 PTS.

Jonas Nichols: 11 PTS.

Logan Vowles: 10 PTS.

Will Scott Jr. : 9 PTS.

Colin Coyne: 7 PTS.

Nate Korwin: 6 PTS.

Brody Franjesh: 6 PTS.

Sam Greer: 6 PTS.

Joey Hardman: 5 PTS.

Josh Greer: 5 PTS.

Mookie Barclay: 2 PTS. 


Scoring (Cornerstone)

DJ Niles: 22 PTS.

Carter Armstrong: 19 PTS.

Quinn Kwasniak: 17 PTS.


Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Hoban 21 – 12 Cornerstone

Q2: Hoban 23 – 9 Cornerstone

Q3: Hoban 22 – 15 Cornerstone

Q4: Hoban 13 – 22 Cornerstone

Final: Hoban 79 – 58 Cornerstone

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell