Parker Kosh scored a game-high 19 points and two others scored in double figures to lead Cardinal to a 74-52 win over visiting Berkshire on Friday.
The win was the second straight for the Huskies over their rivals and completed the season sweep of Berkshire for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Cardinal coach Jon Cummins. “These kids are happy. They’ve been working hard. We’ve had our ups and downs throughout the season, so I’m happy for them. It’s rewarding for them after all these years looking forward to being able to beat Berkshire twice.”
Cardinal’s seniors entered the year 0-6 against their rivals but close out their careers with back-to-back wins over the Badgers.
“I told them Berkshire was going to be hungry,” Cummins said. “They circled us on their calendar as far as games they have left and they said this is a game we can win and we want to win. This would make their season if they could beat us. They had nothing to lose going out there playing.”
The Huskies led just 18-16 after the first quarter but took a 33-25 lead into halftime.
Cardinal outscored the Badgers the rest of the way, 41-27.
“It was a team effort,” Cummins said. “Across the board, everyone played well. Everybody got in and got some minutes and my young guys got in late in the game.”
Kosh put together another strong game after starting the year with some trouble finding the hoop.
“I’m definitely feeling more confident in my shot and my ability to drive lately,” Kosh said. “Having a big game feels good and it’s even better when you get a win. We knew that we had the talent to (sweep Berkshire) this year but that doesn’t mean it was guaranteed and we knew that they wanted to win just as bad as us, so it feels great to actually pull it off.”
Robbie Mulh and Matt Carney also scored in double figures with 13 and 10, respectively, and Hayden Cummins pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds to go with his eight points. Robbie Bruncak finished with nine points.
“The scoring has been spaced out as it always is for us every game,” Coach Cummins said. “It’s whoever takes their turn and who is hot. We’ve done a good job of getting the ball to the guy with the hot hand and Hayden had probably his best rebounding game of the season.”
The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Huskies, who improved to 7-10 overall and 5-9 in the Chagrin Valley Conference.
“We just stunk up the place (at Hawken on Thursday),” Coach Cummins said. “I didn’t know how we’d play tonight because it was a big game. It was a good sign of their maturity in having being able to turn around the next night and turn it on again. They knew this was a big game for them, not just as far as this season, but for our program. They had to come out and play well and they did it for all four quarters. They were pressing us late in the game and we were able to make a few extra passes and get layups. We kept putting it on them and didn’t let up. The kids stepped up and played well.”
Cardinal 74, Berkshire 52
Berkshire: Crea 2, Roach 17, Boyk 3, Pillot 17, Kastor 1, Kulchling 2, Sinkenbring 7, Czekaj 3
Cardinal: Bruncak 9, Carney 10, Mulh 13, Timas 6, Kosh 19, Cummins 8, Braun 2, Horner 5, Hogue 2
Berkshire 16 9 12 15 — 52
Cardinal 18 15 17 24 — 74
Free throws: Berkshire 13 of 17, Cardinal 11 of 14; 3-pointers: Berkshire 7 (Boyk, Pillot 3, Sinkenbring, Roach 3), Cardinal 5 (Bruncak, Horner, Kosh 3)