WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — With separate runs of nine, 10 and 12 points in each of the first three quarters, Westborough's boys basketball team opened up a big lead and never let up in Friday night's 65-45 win over Hudson.
In what coach Brian Willar described as the most complete team effort of the season, Westborough (10-6, 6-1) used crisp passing to get what it wanted on offense.
"Today they moved the ball excellently," Willar said. "Our big men made themselves available, and we were able to dump the ball into them today, and the big men came through."
Junior center Brendan Kilcoyne scored a career-high 10 points, chipping in five rebounds while anchoring the defense. Willar describes his offense as "guard-driven." But he said when the 6-foot-5 center plays tough down low, the team's options open up.
"Our guards can play a little more aggressively knowing they can play in their guys' face. And if they get beat off the dribble, we have our big guy back there to anchor us," Willar said. "We took them out of what they wanted to do."
Hudson went on an 11-2 run of its own, led by Jacob Loewen's 14 points, to cut the lead to 17-16. But Westborough pushed back quickly and headed into halftime leading 31-20.
The Rangers were led by senior captain Zach Diamond's 15 points, 11 of which came in the second half, and by Dan Orlando and Steven Frame, with five assists each.
Orlando, the team's leading scorer, had an off night as he suffered from a sore thumb. But the team's ability to step up around him was encouraging, Willar said.
"This was the most complete game we've had all year," he said. "We preach a 32-minute game, a complete game, and tonight I can say we gave that."
With the victory, Westborough needs just one more in its final four games to qualify for the district tournament. If the Rangers beat Nashoba and Groton-Dunstable, they will earn a chance to play for a share of the Mid-Wach B title against Quabbin, a team they lost to in January.
Westborough last won a conference title in 2006.