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The Nordonia boys basketball squad took Hudson's best shot in the teams' non-conference battle to open the 2012-13 season Nov. 30.
The Explorers led by two points at intermission. However, the visiting Knights outscored Hudson 20-10 during the third period to seize the lead, and ultimately, the momentum.
Hudson wasn't able to recover, and Nordonia put the game away in the fourth quarter to score of 67-58.
According to Nordonia head coach Matt Cash, there was both good and bad in the Knights' season-opening victory over the Explorers.
"It was sloppy at times, but at other times the guys looked good and had a lot of energy," said Cash. "Hudson just refused to lose. They gave us their best punch, and we were able to respond."
Sophomore point guard Alex Alders was at the forefront of Nordonia's offensive attack with 22 points. In addition, senior center Chris Scott recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Also in double digits for the Knights was senior shooting guard Nick Piotrowski with 13 points. Other Nordonia players who cracked the scoring column were sophomore point guard Max Hartman (six points), senior power forward Eugene Coleman (five points), junior point guard Eli Linder (three) and senior guard Damon Luster (two).
Nordonia has just one game this week, the Knights' Suburban League opener against Copley Dec. 7. According to Cash, the Indians should present a stern test for the Knights.
"They're one of the favorites to win the league," said Cash. "They had a tough loss in overtime to Twinsburg, so they should be pretty geared up this week."
Nordonia originally had a home game scheduled against non-conference opponent Aurora Dec. 4, but that contest was moved to Jan. 12, due to the success of the Aurora football team.
Many of Aurora's varsity football players also play basketball, so the team wasn't ready to face the Knights.
As a result, the Knights' game against Copley will serve as their home opener, instead of their scheduled clash with the Greenmen.
On Dec. 8, Nordonia will travel to non-league foe Uniontown Lake.