By Jeff Awtrey
HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Hudson's Ja'Lexius Davis hit a pair free throws with just two seconds remaining in the game to give the Hornets a 45-43 win over Central Heights at Hudson Gymnasium Tuesday night.
As the remaining 30 seconds ran off the clock, Hudson coach Rob Peterson called timeout with six seconds remaining to set up the final play.
"We looked to see what kind of defense they would play, and figured if they went with a man defense we'd take it to the hole and get fouled or get a layup," Peterson said.
Davis was fouled under the basket and made both shots. Following a Central Heights timeout, Brandon Simon's desperation attempt just inside the half-court line banged off the backboard to give Hudson the win.
Hudson got off to an early 14-5 lead after the first quarter, only to see it quickly evaporate in the second quarter following a 7-0 run.
"We're going through some injury problems and really adjusting on the fly," Peterson said. "But we're showing a lot of character."
Hudson led 20-19 at half and 28-21 with 4:40 left in the third before the Blue Devils went on a 13-3 run to finish the quarter.
The Devils picked up where they left off, going on a 5-0 run before Hudson's Karlton Runner got hot, scoring nine of the next 11 points for the Hornets to pull within one point with 2:16 left in the game.
"I'm glad he stepped up and came through for us," Peterson said. "I hope he's seen what he's capable of doing for us. He showed a lot of character too."
Davis had the last three points of the game to give Hudson the win.
Runner led Hudson with 14 points. Other scorers for the Hornets were Davis (10), Dustin Crawford (9), Jeremy Lowe and Khaled Zaker (4) and Marshall Hance and Wes Burke (2).
Simon led all scorers with 16 points. Other scorers for Central Heights were Joseph Clifton, Joseph Jones, Michael King and Weston Crawford (5), Austin Shoemaker (3) and Dustin Shoemaker and Cash Hamilton (2).
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