High school boys basketball: Gentry, Miller combine for 38 as Hudson tops Twinsburg

Ashley Bastock
Akron Beacon Journal
Hudson's Tyler Miller had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Explorers to a 61-33 win over Twinsburg on Friday night in Twinsburg. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

TWINSBURG — The Hudson boys basketball team earned a come-from-behind victory over Twinsburg on the road Friday night after trailing 13-4 heading into the second quarter. 

The Explorers (10-11) outscored Twinsburg 57-20 over the final three quarters for a 61-33 win. 

Hudson's David Gentry and Tyler Miller combined for 38 points with 21 and 17, respectively. Gentry had five rebounds and Miller had a team-leading nine. 

Hudson shot 24 of 40 from the field (60%) and made 3 of 10 3-point attempts. Hudson also out-rebounded Twinsburg 27-18, but one of the biggest differences for Hudson coach Jeff Brink was his squad taking better care of the basketball after turning it over six times in the first eight minutes, and Jack Whitman hitting two 3s in the second quarter as Hudson was coming back. 

"Our talk was basically just take care of the basketball," he said. "If we take care of the basketball, we're going to be fine. We gotta take care of the basketball. I actually though the key was Jack Whitman. He hit a couple of 3s and gave us a spark to get back into the game, we got into a little offensive flow and got a little confidence and then the defense obviously generated several turnovers. I thought our defense was tremendous." 

Twinsburg's PJ Suggs, left, fights for a rebound against Hudson's David Gentry during the first half of the Explorers' 61-33 win Friday night in Twinsburg. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

Twinsburg (6-14) got eight points apiece from David Coniglio and PJ Suggs. The Tigers shot 13 of 43 from the field after starting out 6 of 13 in the first quarter. 

Tigers coach Phil Schmook said the combination of his squad missing easy shots and being unable to stop Gentry was their downfall.

Hudson's David Gentry dunks for two of his game-high 21 points during the Explorers' 61-33 victory over host Twinsburg on Friday night. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

"We missed some easy shots," he said. "And number two, we also took some hurried shots and it led to them beating us down the floor for baskets, one. The other one was we didn't stop the high-low all night. Gentry just destroyed us. He was the best player on the floor by far and I don't think we gave him enough respect on the floor. And we didn't stop that high-low." 

The Explorers opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run. There were six lead changes in the quarter, but Hudson went to the locker room with a 24-21 advantage and never looked back.

Ahead 31-25 early in the third quarter, Hudson went on another 11-0 run and led 42-27 going into the final eight minutes. The margin peaked at 31 points in the final quarter.