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(11) Fairport vs. (24) Cornerstone boys basketball D-III district semifinal district preview

Mar. 4—(11) Fairport vs (24) Cornerstone

What: Division IV district semifinal

When: 7 p.m., March 5

Where: Firestone, 470 Castle Blvd., Akron

Records: Fairport (19-5), Cornerstone (14-10)

Fairport's path: Defeated Oberlin, 76-45, def. St. Thomas Aquinas, 95-87 (2OT)

Cornerstone's path: Defeated David Anderson, 68-65, def. Mathews, 68-65

On deck: The winner will play the winner of Richmond Heights and Berlin Center Western Reserve in a district final at Firestone on March 8.

For the record: Both sides have played close games this season, just like when the two met at the end of the regular season, where Fairport was victorious by three. The Skippers are enjoying the program's best season in over 25 years. Fairport is led by senior James Gadomski, who leads the team in points (23.2 per game), assists (4.7) and steals (3.3) and is second in blocks (1.4) and rebounds (8.0). The Skippers also have strong scorers in Yomar Castellano (14.3 points) and Josh Parsons (13.6 points) with Trystun Doeing as a threat from beyond the arc. ... Cornerstone had learning moments early in the season but grew as the season progressed. The Patriots are led by the area's leading scorer Quinn Kwasniak at 33.9 points per game. He connected on 133 3-pointers in the regular season. The Patriots also feature Owen Pugh, who averages 16.9 points to go with 6.6 assists as well. Hudson Funk has also found his comfort zone on the court, he was their leading scorer in Cornerstone's second-round game against Mathews with 28 points and eight 3-points.