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Boys can't overcome slow start

A second-half rally by the Hudson High School boys basketball team proved to be too little, too late in a 50-47 season-opening loss at New Richmond last Thursday.

The Raiders trailed 32-17 at halftime before mounting a comeback in the second half that brought them to within two points of the Tigers in the closing minutes. A missed three-pointer at the buzzer would have sent the game into overtime.

The Hudson boys were without the services senior guard/forward Jay Langdon for the non-conference game. Langdon, an All-Big Rivers Conference first team member last year, is recovering from a badly sprained ankle he suffered in a pick-up game just before the start practices for the 2005-6 season.

"We probably couldn't have played much poorer than we did in the first half," said Hudson coach Tim Scharfenberg. "We struggled big-time on the offensive end. I mean, we just did not get anything going."

The Tigers pressed full court, forcing 16 Raider turnovers in the first half.

Scharfenberg said his team made bad passes and didn't play with the energy it needed to in the first half.

That changed after the intermission.

"We came back with that sense of urgency in the second half. We came back with the fire - playing hard and getting after it," Scharfenberg said. "The kids made a nice run at it. I thought they showed a lot of heart and character in that second half."

The Raiders held the Tigers to just five field goals in the second half. Their offense finally came alive in the fourth quarter, when they outscored New Richmond 21-12.

Junior forward Michael Zuehl led Hudson in scoring with 16 points. Three of his seven field goals came in the final quarter.

Junior guard Cody Holm contributed 10 points, and senior guard/forward Jake Jenson, eight points. Jenson made all three of his field goals in the fourth quarter.

The Raider boys opened conference play Tuesday night (Dec. 6) at River Falls. Friday night, they host the Rice Lake Warriors. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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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