HUDSON — The script for the Hudson boys basketball team was simple: get past the lowest-seeded team in the Twinsburg sectional-district tournament healthy and easily.
Check and check.
The fifth-seeded Explorers took care of business without working up much of a sweat. They rolled past 12th-seeded Cleveland John Adams 61-29 in a sectional semifinal game Wednesday at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
Hudson earned its 11th consecutive victory and is scheduled to visit fourth-seeded Warren G. Harding in a sectional title game Saturday at 7 p.m.
The victory lifted the Explorers’ record to 16-7. The Rebels bowed out with just five wins on the season.
"We got that first game out of the way," Hudson head coach Jeff Brink said. "I have had so many years where that first tournament game is literally the hardest. To get that one out of the way is an advantage for us."
The Explorers got the first-game jitters out of the way early but still ran off 13 points in a row after a 2-2 start to the contest. The lead ballooned into the 30s late in the third quarter, forcing the postseason mercy rule to be invoked.
"I understand the intent, but unfortunately, the JV [junior varsity] kids who practice really hard all week don’t get to play as much," Brink said. "We wanted to get our JV kids some minutes in the last home game of the year, but with the running clock, it went by quickly."
Dave Gentry led Hudson with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting.
"We knew going in that we were just going to pound them inside and that’s what we did," Gentry said. "It was a good first win.
"Going from 3-6 to 11 wins, that’s insane. We want to keep that going. Nobody wants it to stop. We just want to keep playing."
Senior Brad McCormick finished with 11 points and Jack Burdett had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Burdett also set a bit of an unusual milestone. The senior finished with four assists, which gives him 245 assists during his 92-game career. By the way, that total is a school record.
Not bad for a post player, huh?
"To have your five-man, post player, center, set the school record for assists shows you a little bit about his character," Brink said. "We stress unselfish play and he epitomizes that. He doesn’t really care about scoring unless we need him to score. He has had a tremendous career."
The Explorers made 50% (24-of-48) of their shots. The Rebels shot just 27% (11-of-40).