The Hudson boys basketball team had been reeling of late.
After an impressive win in their 2019-20 season debut, the Explorers had dropped three straight games.
On Friday, the Explorers confirmed something that has been a foregone conclusion for what seems like forever.
They still rule Route 303.
Host Hudson earned a tense 57-53 overtime victory over Streetsboro at the Hudson Holiday Classic Friday at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
With the win, the Explorers (2-3) are set to play Canfield in the championship game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals defeated Youngstown East 61-48. The Rockets (6-1) are scheduled to play the Golden Bears in the consolation game Saturday at 6 p.m.
Streetsboro came very close to pulling off a stunning comeback against its Route 303 rival.
The Rockets erased a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime. In fact, Streetsboro had a 52-50 lead with just 3.1 seconds left in regulation. More importantly, the Rockets also had the ball.
Unfortunately, the basketball gods that seemed to torment Streetsboro in its personal haunted house made an unexpected and unwelcome return.
The Rockets’ Zamar Harris, who drained six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 28 points, slipped on the inbound pass. Hudson’s David Gentry came up with the loose ball under his own basket and scored a reverse layup at the buzzer.
As it turned out, Gentry’s gift-wrapped basket was the final field goal of the game.
Neither team made a single shot away from the charity stripe in the overtime period. The only points came from the Explorers’ Damani Ganaway, who sank all four of his free-throw attempts. Ganaway finished with 11 points.
Gentry led Hudson with 14 points and Jack Burdett added 13 points for Hudson.