YOUNGSTOWN — Pick your poison.
The two meetings between the Hudson and Cuyahoga Falls boys basketball teams left the Black Tigers in quite a predicament.
When they met earlier in the season, Falls had no answer for the Explorers’ low post attack.
This time, the Black Tigers tried to neutralize Hudson’s inside game.
Alas, that didn’t work for Falls, either.
The host Explorers earned a season sweep over their Suburban League National Conference rivals after cruising to a 57-35 victory over the Black Tigers Tuesday at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
With the win, Hudson improved to 5-6 in the conference. The Explorers moved to 10-7 overall by smashing host Youngstown East 68-43 on Wednesday.
When Hudson visited Falls earlier in the season, the Explorers’ 6-foot-6 junior post player Jack Burdett torched the Black Tigers for 27 points.
On Tuesday, Falls head coach Kenny Johnson decided to keep his players near Burdett throughout the evening and take his chances with the Explorers’ shaky outside shooting.
Unfortunately for Johnson, there was nothing shaky about Hudson’s shooting on this night.
Hudson made its first four 3-pointers and jumped out to an 18-9 lead. The Explorers didn’t look back the rest of the way.
"We are a tough matchup for them because they don’t have a lot of size this season," Hudson head coach Jeff Brink said. "They are a lot better than their record indicates. We did a pretty good job of scoring by committee. We had contributions from a lot of guys."
William Wallace led the Explorers with 14 points and Burdett, despite the unwanted attention, scored 11 points and nine rebounds.
Damani Ganaway finished with seven points and Martin and Brad McCormick each scored six points for Hudson, which lead 45-19 at one point. James Moore led Falls (1-15, 0-10) with 10 points.
It was more of the same against the Golden Bears (1-17) 24 hours later.
The Explorers built a 39-16 lead at halftime and cruised the rest of the way.
Martin had, perhaps, his best offensive game of the season.
He scored a career-high 28 points on mostly fast-break layups and a trio of 3-pointers.
"It was a performance we needed and one he’s capable of," Brink said. "He came out and banged some threes, got out in transition and was able to finish in traffic.
"We took advantage of them being very aggressive on the (offensive) glass. We were able to leak out and get some easy transition scores. Our guys did a great job of hitting Aaron and getting him out in transition. Those layups help the shooting percentage."
Hudson shot 65 percent (27 of 42), while Youngstown East converted just 23 percent (15 of 64).
Wallace added 11 points and Burdett and McCormick, who along with Anthony Chokenea, left he game early due to an injury, contributed 10 and eight points, respectively.
The Explorers earned a 54-36 win over the Black Tigers and a 45-38 victory over the Golden Bears in the junior varsity contests.
Tyler Miller led the way against Falls with 16 points and Aiden Lal had 10 points.
Lal scored a team-high 11 points against Youngstown East.
Hudson’s freshmen earned a 39-21 win against Falls.