Hudson held a three-point lead at the break but River Falls opened the second half with a 15-2 run before holding on to post a 59-55 victory over the Raiders in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Tuesday night in Hudson.
The first half featured five lead changes before the Raiders led 30-27 at intermission and the score was tied six times, the last time at 48-48 with just over two minutes remaining after Hudson had stormed back from a 10-point deficit at the 9:30 mark.
Kaden Rowekamp’s basket down low put River Falls up for good, 50-48, with 2:10 left and the Wildcats led by five, 56-51, with under 30 seconds remaining before the Raiders cut it two two, 57-55, on four Ben Healy free throws sandwiched around one from River Falls’ Jacob Landgraf. But Landgraf hit two more free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining to seal the four-point win for the Cats.
Michael Schurman finished with 12 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocked shots for River Falls while Joey Butz led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points. Landgraf contributed 10 points, five of those from the free throw line and three from long range, while Ethan Campbell had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Evan Tyler led the Raiders with 14 points and six rebounds and John Witcher had 12 points and six boards while Andre Renta finished with 12 points and six assists.
Both teams will continue BRC play Friday night with River Falls hosting Rice Lake and Hudson traveling to New Richmond.