WADSWORTH — Seven straight games of better than 50 percent shooting from the floor came to a crashing end Friday at Wadsworth High School’s Coach Dave Sladky Court.
The Hudson boys basketball team struggled to make shots, especially from 3-point range, in a 58-48 loss.
The tone was set from the outset as the Explorers misfired on their first seven 3-point attempts on their way to their toughest shooting night of the season. Hudson shot just 35.4 percent from the floor (17 of 48) and 20 percent on 3-pointers (4 of 20).
It was the Explorers’ third loss in a row as they dropped to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in the Suburban League National Conference. The Grizzlies improved to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
"Coming out of the gate, we were sloppy," Hudson head coach Jeff Brink said. "Even when we didn’t turn it over, they (the passes) were deflected and that took us out of what we wanted to do.
"We didn’t get clean looks in terms of getting our guys open. When we did get the shots, we didn’t shoot it well enough."
While the Explorers struggled to make shots, at least some of the blame/credit should go to Wadsworth.
The Grizzlies’ defensive pressure gave Hudson fits. The Explorers turned the ball over nine times in the first half and finished with 13 giveaways. The Grizzlies also turned the ball over 13 times.
Wadsworth had the edge on the boards 29-26 with senior Beau Casey pulling down 11 rebounds, including seven in the first quarter.
Casey only scored six points, but his effort on the boards helped the Grizzlies take an early lead.
"The whole game, we weren’t very clean with the ball," Brink said. "When there was a loose ball, we had guys diving and fighting, but it seemed like we couldn’t come up with it.
"Even when we had guys working hard and busting their tails, we couldn’t catch a break and get that lead. We were playing from behind the whole night."
On his way to a team-high 16 points, Aaron Martin was the only Hudson player who could score much early.
The senior made the Explorers’ first three baskets. His driving score gave the Explorers a 30-28 lead nearly three minutes into the fourth.
"Aaron has been very consistent," Brink said. "He has been putting points on the board for us."
Unfortunately for Hudson, that would be its last advantage of the evening.
Wadsworth, which converted seven 3-pointers in 15 attempts, went on a 9-0 run.
Although the Explorers cut their deficit to one (38-37) early in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies did not relinquish their advantage the rest of the way.
Hudson missed 13 of its 18 shots in the final eight minutes, including its last six.
Carson Risher led Wadsworth with 11 points. Damani Ganaway-Glave scored 11 points and Jack Burdett added nine points for Hudson.
"It was a tough game," Brin said. "There were a lot of traps and a lot of physicality. They (the Grizzlies) did a really nice job of controlling the tempo.
"They got us out of our rhythm. You have to give them credit from a defensive standpoint. I thought they did a nice job."
The Explorers earned a 43-38 win in the junior varsity game to improve to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference. Tyler Miller led Hudson with 12 points.
The freshman team defeated Wadsworth 50-45.