Hudson boys basketball beats Greater Lawrence in state tournament opener


Hudson boys basketball beats Greater Lawrence in state tournament opener
Hudson’s Jackson O’Brien faces off against Greater Lawrence’s Lewis Garcia in the opening tip-off of their game on Tuesday night. (Photo/Ben Domaingue)

HUDSON – The Hudson High School boys basketball team secured a win in the first round of this year’s MIAA state tournament on Tuesday night, defeating Greater Lawrence by a score of 68-51.

The Hawks were decisive out of the gate, assembling a 20-10 lead in the first quarter. They kept pace from there, heading into halftime still ahead 36-26.

Hudson then expanded its advantage in the second half to secure the win.

Jackson O’Brien led the way offensively with 14 points scored, while teammate Brady Stuart followed with 12 points in front of the home crowd in Hudson.

This win now continues a season of rebounding fortunes for the Hawks after a difficult campaign just a year ago.

With a 14-7 win-loss record this winter, the team secured a state tournament playoff spot via their 29th overall ranking in the MIAA’s Division II power rankings.

That has players excited and coach Mike Notaro repeating a familiar reference to comedian Rodney Dangerfield.

“I still don’t think that Hudson hoops gets the respect that they deserve,” he told the Community Advocate this past weekend.

Embracing that underdog mentality, the Hawks continue to eye their postseason future.

Hudson will now be back in action on Friday against Norton in the state Round of 32.

That game is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. in Norton.


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