High school boys basketball: 24-point fourth quarter lifts Wadsworth over Hudson
Wadsworth outscored Hudson 24-7 in the fourth quarter Friday night to pick up its sixth boys basketball win of the season.
The Grizzlies (6-3, 3-2 Suburban League) used a strong showing in the final eight minutes to pull away for a 66-53 win.
"We're still trying to figure things out a little bit because our guys are so young," Wadsworth coach Mike Moser said. "We're moving them around in some different spots and I think tonight we found something that works. We were able to pressure the ball and get some traps going and I think turning those into some layups the energy kept going."
Trailing 48-44 early in the fourth quarter, Wadsworth scored 15 consecutive points to go ahead by 11. Five of the points during that crucial run came from Caden Madigan. Given the double-digit advantage for Wadsworth with two minutes to play, Hudson was forced to foul the Grizzlies, who scored their final seven points at the foul line.
Wadsworth was led by Solomon Callaghan, who scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half.
"To be honest with you, Solomon is a kid that I specifically challenged at halftime because he's special," Moser said. "I challenged him to take the game over, and you saw how he responded to that. So, phenomenal kid and it speaks not just to his basketball skill set but just his ability to be challenged and take a game over like that."
Connor Sams (12 points) and Madigan (10) also scored in double figures.
Tyler Miller led Hudson (2-1, 1-1) with 21 points. David Gentry added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The victory came in Hudson's first game back in nearly a month, as the entire district is coming off an athletics pause this week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Afterwards Hudson coach Jeff Brink credited Wadsworth's grit during the closing stretches of the game.
"The turnovers were sloppy," he said. "I didn't think we played and matched the effort and the grit level in the second half that they displayed. So I give them a lot of credit, I thought they just outplayed us in the fourth quarter and played with a lot more heart and intensity."
Hudson also struggled from beyond the 3-point arc in the game, making just three 3-pointers compared to nine for Wadsworth. Hudson made 22 field goals in the game to Wadsworth's 20.
The Explorers started the game on an 8-0 run and didn't relinquish any points until the three-minute mark. Wadsworth got going from deep early, however, making six 3-pointers, three of them by Alex Risher, to take an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Explorers opened the second quarter on a 13-0 run, not allowing a field goal for nearly six minutes. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the second quarter and Hudson went into the locker room with a 30-24 lead.
In the third quarter, Callaghan took over for Wadsworth, scoring 14 points. His output pulled the Grizzlies to within four heading into the final eight minutes, and primed them for a comeback win.
"It just boosts these young kids' confidence, just because they are so young," Moser said. "We have a ton of youth. We start a freshman and two sophomores in there so every one of these just boosts their confidence more."