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Wadsworth beats Hudson to enter playoffs on three-game win streak

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WADSWORTH — In its final tune-up before tournament play, Wadsworth’s boys basketball team blew out Hudson 60-33 Friday in Suburban League National Conference action.

The Grizzlies (14-8, 9-5) finished third in the SL National thanks to a strong second half of the season, which includes their current three-game win streak and a run of seven victories in their last nine games.

“You know, if you’re going to be playing your best, you’d rather be doing it at the end of the year,” Wadsworth coach Mike Schmeltzer Jr. said. “We’ve played a tough schedule all year in hopes of preparing us for the tournament. I’m proud of them, and they’ve really stepped it up the last few weeks.”

Things started slowly for both teams, as the Explorers (5-17, 1-13) controlled tempo and forced a low-scoring 9-8 first quarter in favor of Wadsworth. From then on, however, it was all Grizzlies, as they outscored Hudson 51-25 over the final three periods, including a 12-2 run in the second quarter.

“They controlled the tempo for the first quarter and a half of that game,” Schmeltzer said. “I’ll bet you 80 percent of their possessions were a minute to a minute and a half off the clock, and that’s not the way we want to play. I think in the second half we were able to come out and speed them up a little bit.”

At the heart of the scoring for Wadsworth was senior forward Tony Hewitt (21 points, 5 rebounds), as he made his mark by hitting three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the third quarter and added an exclamation point with a dunk.

“It was just my teammates getting me open and running transition buckets,” Hewitt said. “I wasn’t hesitating anymore.”

Also finishing in double digits was fellow senior Jake Justice (10 points) while center Reid Black and guard Christian Szalay tallied seven points apiece.

The lone bright spot for Hudson was junior guard William Wallace, who made four 3-pointers en route to 16 points.

Contact Jake Dungan at sports@medina-gazette.com.

Wadsworth 60,

Hudson 33

HUDSON 8 2 14 9 — 33

WADSWORTH 9 12 20 19 — 60

Hudson — Connor Gynn 0-0-0, Brandon Lal 1-0-2, Jack Burdett 1-2-4, William Wallace 5-2-16, Aaron Martin 0-1-1, Matthew Suydam 0-0-0, Anthony Chokenea 2-0-5, Tyler Miller 1-0-2, Damani Ganaway-Glave 1-0-3, Brad McCormick 0-0-0, Joseph Walsh 0-0-0, Blake Hartline 0-0-0, Joe Whitman 0-0-0. TOTALS: 11-5-33.

Wadsworth — Tony Hewitt 9-0-21, Jack Simmons 0-0-0, Reid Black 2-2-7, Jake Justice 4-0-10, Christian Szalay 3-1-7, Carson Risher 2-0-5, Mitchell Blackburn 0-0-0, Beau Casey 2-0-4, Brendan Mehar 1-0-3, Lance Steward 0-0-0, T.J. Lockwood 0-0-0, Jacob McDermitt 0-0-0, Stanley Bingham 1-0-3. TOTALS: 24-3-60.

3-point goals — Wallace 4, Burdett, Ganaway-Glave, Hewitt 3, Justice 2, Black, Risher, Mehar, Bingham. Rebounds — Hudson 13 (Lal, Burdett, Martin 3), Wadsworth 25 (Simmons 7). Assists — Hudson 5 (Burdett 3), Wadsworth 13 (Simmons, Szalay, Risher 2). Records — Hudson (5-17, 1-13), Wadsworth (14-8, 9-5). Junior varsity — Wadsworth 47, Hudson 28.

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