HUDSON -- One win is nice.

Two wins in a row is a good start.

Three victories in a row? That qualifies as a streak.

The host Hudson boys basketball team won for the fourth time in five games ate posting a convincing 59-43 win over Cleveland John Marshall Feb. 7 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.

The Explorers' point total matched their season high from earlier in the season.

Hudson head coach Jeff Brink called the three straight a streak and senior Jackson Parker, who led Hudson to the win with 22 points and 16 rebounds, referred to "riding the wave."

"We were riding the wave and then Nordonia stumped us [44-40 Jan. 27 in Hudson]," Parker said. "We are all just jelling. Practice is upbeat. It's just really fun."

The win over the Lawyers made it three straight and lifted the Explorers' record to 8-9.

"With the tournament draw coming up, it kind of helps because we're at the point of the season where every win is vital to the seeding," Brink said.

While its shooting percentage was not as good as Brink liked, Hudson pounded the ball inside and recorded and shot 45 percent (24-of-53) from the floor.

The Explorers also owned the glass. Hudson had a 40-21 edge in rebounding.

Parker controlled the glass with confident assertion. His 16 rebounds were the most by an Explorer since Ben Gedeon had 16 in a win at Solon nearly five full years ago.

"Jackson did a really good job on the glass and [Alex] Beck had nine rebounds and a couple real good hustle plays," Brink said. "Limiting them to one shot and out was key. We did a really good job of that.

"On the other end, I thought Parker did a nice job on the offensive glass. He had eight. That's a ton of offensive rebounds. He was active on the glass."

Parker converted 6-of-9 shots at the foul line and made eight shots from the floor.

"It's just the team is finding me," Parker said. "It's nothing out of the ordinary. I'm just finding the open spot like a receiver. They're finding me. It's all my teammates."

Hudson put the game out of reach with a 19-5 spurt to open the second half. That run gave the Explorers a 46-27 lead.

"We came out and got that 19-point lead and then we got a little lackadaisical and took a couple bad shots and had a couple bad turnovers," Brink said.

"They came back to within 12 [48-36 early in the fourth], but our biggest thing was don't get out of your game plan. Be patient and you'll get layups and we got a lot of layups, but we still left a lot of points on the floor."

Adam Mehelic finished with 10 points for the Explorers and Beck contributed a strong all-around game with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.

Hudson's junior varsity team improved to 13-4 after posting a commanding 56-31 win. It was the Explorers' fifth straight victory.

Anthony Chokenea led Hudson with 14 points and Brandon Lal added 12 points.

The Explorers were scheduled to visit Suburban League National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls Feb. 10. Results were not available at press time.

Hudson is set to visit National Conference foe Twinsburg Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.


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