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Prep boys basketball: Spartans fall to Hudson in second game of season

Hudson took the game over inside in the second half.

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Superior’s Evan Bennett (22) drives past Hudson’s Sam Schwalbach (3) in the first half of the Spartans' loss in Superior on Tuesday evening, Nov. 30, 2021. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Superior Spartans boys basketball team jumped on the Hudson Raiders early in the first half, but to no avail as the Raiders later took the game, 57-51.

The Spartans, coming off a win in their season opener, started off strong while controlling the game’s tempo, not allowing the Raiders to score for the first five minutes. With chaos reigning on both sides early, a 3-pointer from senior forward Tanner Swanson built the early lead to 10-2.

The odds seemed to be in the Spartans' favor as they finished the first half up 23-19. Despite this, a somewhat surprising and chaotic turn of events helped the Raiders come out on top in this exciting matchup.

“They wanted it a little bit more,” said first-year Spartans coach Kory Deadrick, after his first loss at Superior. “They were just playing at a higher level.”

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Superior’s Tanner Swanson (11) gets past Hudson’s Evan Tyler (15) as he shoots over Sam Schwalbach (3) in the first half of the Spartans' loss in Superior on Tuesday evening, Nov. 30, 2021. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

When asked about what didn’t work for the Spartans, Deadrick said it comes down to their offense.

“I thought offensively we just didn’t get into things quick enough. Guys just didn’t know where they were supposed to be, and it’s strange because we’ve played a game, and this is week three of practice now,” said Deadrick. “There were definitely times tonight that everybody was looking around like ‘What are we supposed to do?’ and when I have 10 seniors on the team, and I start five seniors, I just expect a little more from them, and they know that.”

Despite the Spartans taking the first half, the second half became a sprint and the Raiders pulled ahead in the drive to the finish line. Hudson tied the game at 29 just five minutes into the second half, then took their its lead of the game, 31-29.

The teams went possession for possession, tying at 35, 37 and 39, but despite their effort, the Spartans were unable to stop the Raiders in the paint. They continuously scored inside, forcing Superior to take a timeout down 53-45.

Coming out of the timeout, the Spartans forced a turnover with 2 minutes left but failed to improve their chances with a basket. The Raiders continued to take the lead, never looking back.

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Superior’s Jeffery Olson (20) and Tresean Sanigar (25) battle with Hudson’s Andre Renta (0) for a rebound in the first half of the game in Superior on Tuesday evening, Nov. 30, 2021. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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“We got complacent,” said Superior's Evan Bennett. “We have to play with a lot more heart. We can’t rely. We can’t just show up. We have to put in the work, energy, and we have to bring it every single night.”

Bennett led Superior in scoring with 21 points. Behind him came Jake Kidd with 12 and Swanson with nine.

Despite the loss, Deadrick remains proud of his team. “I was proud of the way they competed down the stretch. We got down eight with three minutes to go, and then we cut it to two with 1:27,” said Deadrick. “We were right in it.”

The Spartans will be back in action Friday, Dec. 3, at Holmen High School to take on the Vikings.

Hudson 19-38 —57

Superior 23-28—51

Hudson — Andre Renta 17, Owen Weadge 3, Ben Healy 3, Ben Berkhoff 4, Cash McConnell 4, Evan Tyler 20, John Witcher 6. Totals 21 10-17 57.

3-point-goals — Wedge.

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Superior — Evan Moreau 4, Tanner Swanson 9, Shane Leask 3, Jake Kidd 12, Robert Olson 2, Evan Bennett 21. Totals 16 7-12 51.

3-point-goals —Swanson, Leask, Bennett 2.

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