HUDSON — While Pasco looked like a team trying to find its identity in its first game of the season, Hudson looked motivated behind four starters on its way to win No. 1 on Tuesday night.
In their first home game, the Cobras knocked off the Pirates 87-67 thanks in large part to the early offensive efforts of Jamal Branco, Chris Russo, Richard Williams and Ross Sparkman.
While Pasco searched for a spark, Hudson (1-2) hustled to a first-quarter double-figure lead off fastbreak baskets, thanks to a flurry of steals and turnovers.
Branco (12 points), Russo (12), Williams (12) and Sparkman (10) reached double figures by halftime.
"Our offense needs to attack with the dribble," Hudson coach Jason Vetter said. "They came out a little slow, and we need to take advantage of things like that."
The Pirates (0-1) made a few runs to stay in the game and were led by forward Donald Simmons (22 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks).
When the gap widened in the first half, Simmons showed signs of life for the Pasco offense.
"Pasco's going to be a good team," Vetter said. "Because of how we'd been playing, I wasn't sure how we'd come out."
Coming off a 34-point loss to Jesuit, the fast-paced Hudson attack controlled the game.
Before it was over, five Cobras reached double figures in scoring. Russo (28 points, 10 rebounds) and Williams (19 points, seven rebounds, five steals) capped off the contest down the stretch.