HIGHLAND — Friday's Highland Holiday Hoopfest championship was anybody's game early in the fourth quarter.
Then the late show, starring James Hudson, happened.
The Andrean senior guard took over, scoring 15 points in the final eight minutes to catapult the 59ers (7-2) past host Highland, 66-57.
"The first half, I was in foul trouble. I got my head down a little bit," Hudson said. "My teammates told me, keep your head up, we'll find you. We had good spacing. We had driving lanes. That's my game — slashing to the basket. I was able to use my jab step and go. Coach (Brad Stangel) told me to keep attacking and I did. If my teammates saw saw somebody somebody guarding me they didn't think could guard me, they kept finding me."
The quick 6-foot-2 left-hander, who had two points through three quarters, did all of his damage at the rim, scoring seven straight 59ers points in one sequence to help them separate from Highland eventually pull away.
"When he's under control and plays within himself, that's what he can do," Stangel said. "He's really hard to guard. With his strength and size, it becomes really difficult. We've had five guys score 20 points and tonight was his night. Credit the others for finding him and he kept attacking. Playing three games in two days, to have that much energy in the fourth quarter, all the guys, but especially James, we put a lot of time and effort into conditioning."