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Boys use 16-2 run, defeat North, 49-40

The Hudson boys basketball team improved to 2-1 in the Big Rivers Conference with a 49-40 victory at Eau Claire North Friday night.

Tuesday of last week, the Raiders fell 72-67 to Shakopee, Minn., in a non-conference game on the road.

They played both games without team leader Jay Langdon, who reaggravated a sprained ankle in the Dec. 9 win over Rice Lake. Coach Tim Scharfenberg hopes to have him back in the line-up when conference play resumes following the Christmas break.

Hudson defeated North by outscoring the Huskies 19-6 in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders trailed by nine points late in the third period and finished the game with a 16-2 run.

"I was proud of our guys. They really pulled together," Scharfenberg said. "We could have easily come unraveled. Our backs were against the wall and our guys played with a lot of desire and determination through the fourth quarter."

Junior guard Brian Sparstad sank four three-pointers and led the Raiders in scoring with 12 points. Jake Jenson and Steve McCarney each added 10 points.

After trailing 37-25 at halftime at Shakopee, the Raiders rallied to almost overtake the home team in the second half.

Hudson cut the lead to three points with eight seconds left in the game. A Shakopee player made two free throws in the closing seconds to close out the scoring.

Michael Zuehl led Hudson with 16 points. McCarney added 14 points, and Logan Wenzel, 12.

The Raiders traveled to Red Wing, Minn., for another non-conference tilt Tuesday night.

"I hate to see Jay miss games because he has worked so hard to prepare for this season," Scharfenberg said of the injured senior. "But I guess if there's anything positive to take out of it, some guys are getting playing time that they would not normally have. And they're stepping up and contributing well for us. I think we're going to be stronger because of it in the long run."

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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