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Woes continue for boys basketball team; lose 2

The Hudson boys basketball team had another one of those weeks it would just as soon forget.

After a 77-59 loss to a powerful Shakopee, Minn., team at home Tuesday night, the Raiders let a conference game slip away at Chippewa Falls Friday night, and lost 52-46.

A "pretty tough week," is how Coach Tim Scharfenberg described it.

The loss at Chippewa Falls was the most disappointing.

Hudson led 18-2 at the end of the first quarter. Then a nightmarish series of events began to unfold.

Midway through the second quarter, starters Matt Miller, Waylon Meyer and Darren Brathol got into foul trouble and watched from the bench as Chippewa Falls closed the gap to 27-19 at halftime.

Scharfenberg said a combination of things allowed the Cardinals to pull to within a point of the Raiders in the third quarter. His team didn't play defensive with the same intensity that it did in the first half, he said, and Chippewa Falls began knocking down shots.

The trouble compounded when Meyer went to the bench midway through the third quarter with a badly sprained ankle and couldn't return to action.

"We really missed his inside presence," Scharfenberg said.

The fact that referees initially assigned to work only the JV game also called the varsity appeared to contribute to the outcome as well. (The refs hired to work the varsity game apparently wound up at a different school.)

Starters Brathol and Scott Krueger joined Meyer on the bench after fouling out in the fourth quarter. Justin Boyd had to sit down when he was poked in the eye and lost a contact lens.

That left just one starter, Miller, on the floor for the final three minutes of the game.

"It was almost like damage control the whole fourth quarter," said Scharfenberg.

He said he struggled to find a combination of players that would be effective on the floor, but didn't succeed.

The referees called 22 fouls against Hudson compared to 13 against Chippewa Falls. The Cardinals made 16 free throws to the Raiders' five.

Miller scored 16 points, including four three-pointers, to lead Hudson.

The loss dropped the Raiders to 3-2 in the Big Rivers Conference standings, two games behind league-leading Eau Claire Memorial at 5-0. The Raiders still hold second place in the conference standings. Chippewa Falls improved to 2-3.

For details on the non-conference game vs. Shakopee, box scores, and BRC standings, please see page 18A of the Jan. 23rd Hudson Star-Observer.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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