Boys Varsity Basketball · VASJ BOYS BASKETBALL – Vikings fall to Hoban at D4D

In the span of 15 hours, a young VASJ team learned two valuable lessons.

Vikings coach Babe Kwasniak hopes these lessons will pay off in March.

A day after battling Division I powerhouse St. Edward in a 16-point loss, VASJ fell to Archbishop Hoban, 85-64, at the Dunk4Diabetes Showcase at John Carroll University on Jan. 28.

“That is a very talented team and a great coach, who I feel is underrated in this area, but after last night we were in a war and just ran out of gas today,” VASJ coach Babe Kwasniak said.

“This is not an excuse. Hoban is really good and so well-coached. ….. we just hit a wall. That is on me. We are so young and in retrospect it was not great scheduling. Hopefully we learn from the weekend and get better and we are prepared for March. …. To be honest, it’s not what we are now. It’s all about being ready for the postseason.”

VASJ (7-6) trailed by two points at halftime, but were unable to stay with the Knights in the second half.

Hoban outscored VASJ in the third quarter, 27-8.

Jerry Higgins scored 18 points for the Vikings. Jason Priah added 14 and freshman Jaden Hameed had 13.

“I said before the year started – with our schedule, this year, we might have a. 500 record. Right now, we are 7-6, but we are going to get better and hopefully this gets us ready for March. That is all that matters for our program. We have great kids and they get it.”

Akron Hoban 85, VASJ 64
VASJ (7-6): Lighty 2, Hameed 13, DiNunzio 2, Waag 2, Jackson 2, Koppelman 9, Higgins 18, Priah 14
Hoban: Houser 23, Gurley 9, Saus 1, Salopek 10, Moegerle 11, Reece 2, Snyder 17, Easterling 12
VASJ 22 17 8 17 — 64
Hoban 22 19 27 17 — 85
Free throws: VASJ 11 of 19, Hoban 7 of 17; 3-pointers: VASJ 9 (Koppelman 3, Hameed 2, Higgins 2, Priah 2), Hoban 12 (Snyder 5, Houser 3, Gurley 3, Moegerle 1)