The Archbishop Hoban boys basketball team bounced back from a heartbreaking defeat with a 59-54 home victory Tuesday night over rival Walsh Jesuit.
The win came after the Knights lost 76-74 at the buzzer Friday night to visiting Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph.
“I saw a lot of resilience out of our guys,” Hoban coach T.K. Griffith said. “This was a very dangerous game because you are coming off of one of the most deflating losses that we have had in a while where we really played well enough to win against a great team.”
Senior Matt Salopek and junior Dominick Moegerle each scored 14 points to lead Hoban (9-3, 5-2) over Walsh (9-6, 2-4) in a North Coast League crossover game.
“After suffering a tough loss off of a buzzer-beater, it is hard to come back, but I think we really came together,” said Salopek, who also had eight assists and six rebounds.
Walsh junior Maison Ross scored a game-high 16 points.
Hoban seniors Bradley Reece and Jake Snyder each scored nine points, and senior Quan Easterling contributed six points and five rebounds.
“Matt had 14 and was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line, which is a beautiful thing,” Griffith said. “Moegerle had 14, and Reece and Snyder were both almost at 10. We almost had four guys in double figures. [Sophomore] Darryl Peterson made a big 3 in the corner in the second half and [junior] Tony Threadgill had four points in the first half.”
Salopek scored seven points in the first quarter as Hoban jumped out to a 16-4 lead.
Senior Tommy Cummings and junior Donovan Morris combined for 16 points in the second quarter as Walsh trimmed its deficit to 28-26 at halftime.
Ross made two 3-pointers in a row to make it 40-40 with 2:01 to go in the third quarter. Salopek then made a layup and Cummings followed with a layup to make it 42-42. Hoban closed the quarter with Peterson’s 3-pointer and a Moegerle layup to lead 47-42.
Reece opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and the Knights never trailed.
“In the final minutes of the game, there was a lot of communication going on on the court,” said Moegerle, who also had six rebounds.
Cummings finished with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Morris had 10 points and six rebounds. Warriors junior Charles Curenton scored seven points and sophomore Erik Stern contributed six points, seven rebounds and three assists.
“In the second half, we were able to make them take a little tougher shots when our guys managed to make that comeback,” Walsh coach Kevin Byrne said. “I told our guys after the game, a lot of times you are down 12 or 13 points in a place like this, you fight all the way back, you tie it up, and — I have seen it a million times — you just can’t quite get over the hump.
"Then all of a sudden, they make a couple of shots and they are able to stabilize.”
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