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Raider Basketball: Boys fall in hoops regional

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Junior Alex Herink scored 22 points despite being plagued by foul trouble, but no other Raider scored more than five points and Hudson saw its season come to an end with a 57-38 loss to Marshfield in a WIAA regional semifinal last Friday in Marshfield.

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The Raiders found themselves down 29-16 at halftime but pulled to within six late in the third quarter before Marshfield hit back-to-back three pointers to regain a double-digit lead and go on to the victory.

"Marshfield was a tough matchup for us," Hudson coach Jason Swavely said. "They were guard dominant and pressured up our guards throughout the game in the half court."

After getting off to a good start, Herink went to the bench with his second foul midway through the first quarter. He returned to the floor in the second quarter but was quickly assessed his third foul and returned to the bench.

"Having him off the floor for a significant time limits our ability to attack pressure and limits our offensive attack.," Swavely said.

Joe Kelly was the next highest scorer for Hudson with five points. Alex Newell and Mathew Sparstad scored three points each and Miles Lewis and Stef Smith each scored two while Dan Kelly had one free throw.

"In the end, our ability to have a balanced scoring attack was our biggest challenge," Swavely said.

Seven Raiders -- Dan and Joe Kelly, Smith, Newell, Ben Koch, Jordan Belanger and Marques Kneeland -- played their final high school games Friday night.

"They are great people that come from great families," Swavely said. "They will surely be missed in the classroom and on the basketball court. We talked about it being the end of their high school career but the beginning of another chapter of their lives. They are now part of the family of Hudson High School basketball alumni. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to coach this group of fine young men. They have left a footprint for these younger players to fill."

The Raiders ended the 2012-13 season with a record of 8-15. 

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