WESLEY CHAPEL — With both teams reeling from losses earlier in the week, Hudson and Wesley Chapel needed a boost going into next week's slate of games.
And Wesley Chapel grabbed that momentum thanks to senior guard Daniel Rivera and a great defensive effort overall.
Rivera had a double double with 25 points and 12 rebounds and the defense held the Cobras to three points in the fourth quarter in a 69-56 victory Friday night.
"(Rivera) is an unbelievable player," Wesley Chapel coach Doug Greseth said.
"It is unbelievable some of the things he does. I mean he is a 5-foot-10 guard who just plays with everything he's got."
Hudson (2-5) jumped out to a 19-16 lead after the first quarter, but Wesley Chapel (3-1) kept pace with the Cobras in the second quarter and took a 26-23 lead after Eric Legler's (six points) layup with 3:49 left before halftime.
After going into the half tied at 32, Hudson took a four-point lead on back-to-back Ross Sparkman (four points) baskets in the third quarter.
But turnovers plagued the Cobras all night, as they committed 19 and only went to the free-throw line eight times compared to Wesley Chapel's 22 trips.
And in the fourth quarter the turnovers finally proved too much to overcome for Hudson. The Cobras' only basket came from Chris Russo (20 points) with 6:05 left.
"We came in mentally prepared and ready to play tonight," Rivera said.
"The key tonight was our rebounding. We killed them on the boards tonight."