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Cornerstone vs. Andrews Osborne boys basketball: Patriots freshman Hudson Funk steps up in 58-43 win over Phoenix

Feb. 16—Cornerstone knew it would have nights when Quinn Kwasniak had shooting woes. One of them occurred Feb. 16 at Andrews Osborne.

With Kwasniak's struggles, other players were ready for the challenge. Guided by freshman Hudson Funk, who had five 3-pointers, the Patriots went on to win 58-43.

Cornerstone improved to 11-8 while Andrews Osborne fell to 10-10.

Kwasniak still led the Patriots with 21 points, but the early tone set by Funk was paramount. The Phoenix had the size advantage inside, so Cornerstone needed to get it going from outside.

Coach Babe Kwasniak saw the looks Funk created early on and turned those into shots for the freshman. He finished with 15 points and gave the Patriots the lead early.

"We don't win that game without Hudson," Babe said. "He and Quinn had very similar paths, from their eighth-grade year at Mayfield Middle to an impact player at Cornerstone as a freshman. He had four 3-pointers in the first quarter and the kid competes his tail off. Both of our freshman, him and Kolson Keeper, injected us with a bolt of energy when we were dragging a bit."

PHOTOS: Cornerstone Christian vs. Andrews Osborne boys basketball, Feb. 16, 2024

Funk was also inside battling for rebounds against the big bodies of Andrews Osborne. He came away with six rebounds in the contest.

Funk rebounding allowed Cornerstone to create more ball movement and get everyone involved.

"For a guy to come in as a freshman and be able to help us like that is huge," Quinn Kwasniak said. "I'm not surprised by what he did tonight, he does it all the time in practice. He came out here and did his thing, he has confidence through the roof."

Quinn, who came into the game with 2,001 career points, had a quiet night scoring but impacted the game in other ways, including five rebounds.

He said with the defense focusing on him, his teammates had more looks all around the floor, not just from deep.

"When guys guard me like that, it opens up a lot for my teammates," Quinn said. "I have belief in them that what they do in practice will translate to the game. I get guarded like that in practice all the time and that frees up space for them and that was on display tonight."

Owen Pugh was the third Patriot in double figures with 12. He missed two games earlier in the season with a calf injury but has returned to the same level of play.

It's given Cornerstone an extra voice on the floor as well, and the Patriots have won three of their last four.

Babe Kwasniak said when Pugh returned that he was playing cautiously. He helped Pugh refocus and get back to his old ways.

"I think those guys know what it is and understand that nobody else had that experience," Babe Kwasniak said. "We were really good last year and had to start from block one. Owen is pretty hard on himself but he is going to stay in the game for us. He's been a great young man and a blessing to coach. He's starting to get his groove back."

The Phoenix were led by Teo Suarez with 18 points and Aidan Crawford-Leacy with 14.

They aim to return to the win column when they travel to Garrett Morgan on Feb. 21. Cornerstone has a quick turnaround as it hosts Cleveland Central Catholic on Feb. 17.

THE SCORE

Cornerstone Christian 58, Andrews Osborne 43