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BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Anderson misses last-second shot, falls to Carlson (TOUT VIDEO)

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When Richard Hodnicki hoisted a three-point attempt at the end of Friday’s game, it looked as if the evenly-matched Carlson (6-6) and Anderson (6-5) boys’ basketball teams would need overtime to decide a winner.

But luckily for the Marauders, Hodnicki’s shot did not fall, and Carlson escaped with the 48-45 win.

“It was there for Richie, we drew the play up for him to fly out over to the top of the arch, and the shot was there for him” said Titans Coach Dave Pratt. “It was something we’ve worked on in practice and we always encourage him to shoot. In the end it’s all you can ask for, to get a clean look like that.”

The two teams played neck-and-neck basketball from beginning to end, as neither team led by more than six points in the contest.

Prince Ideozu hit a last-second trey in the first quarter to put the Marauders up 12-10 after the first-quarter buzzer, but Anderson kept pace with them going into the second.

The visiting Titans outscored Carlson 11-7 in the second quarter, and Anderson’s Connor Phee did a lot of the damage. Phee hauled down four second-quarter rebounds and scored four of his nine first-half points in the second quarter, including the Titans’ last three points of the half.

Then in the second half, the game got even tighter. Anderson narrowly outscored the Marauders 15-14 in the third quarter, but in the fourth, Carlson made just a couple more big plays than their opponents.

Four different Marauders hit jump shots down the stretch in the fourth quarter, and none were more important than Carlson’s last field goal of the game, which was a 3-pointer out of a timeout netted by Ideozu. The score from downtown gave the Marauders a one-point lead with just under a minute to go.

Pratt called a couple timeouts during the final minute of the game to draw up plays for the Titans. The first play he drew up, which left just 10 seconds on the clock by the time it unfolded, ended up in Hodnicki’s hands.

“That first play we actually wanted to get down low to Phee,” Pratt said. “But Richie thought he had a good shot and like I said, we’re comfortable with him shooting. He actually did get a good shot off, their kid just made a great play.”

That kid was Torrey Gray, who soared at Hodnicki and was able to block the shot and regain possession for the Marauders.

“We had just subbed Torrey in before that play, he had four fouls,” said Carlson Coach Rob Raymond. “Then he made the huge block.

“He’s a kid that’s getting better. He got cut in middle school and didn’t play on the JV team much because he was a backup. But he sat and learned and played AAU basketball this summer and that really turned his game around. He’s getting better as the year goes on.”

Carlson then went to the line two times in a seven-second span but sunk only two of four free throws. Trailing 48-45, the Titans had chance to tie the game with 3.9 seconds on the clock, but Hodnicki wasn’t able to drain the last-second shot.

Raymond said his team was able to come away with the win in such a closely-contested game mainly because they hit a few more shots down the stretch.

“We made jump shots late, which is something we haven’t done well lately,” Raymond said. “Kyle (Cox) had been cold lately but he came up big with a few made shots. That and our ability to hold our own on the boards probably made the difference.”

Anderson narrowly edged Carlson in the rebounding battle, 24-21. Phee paced the Titans with 15 points and Dejon Matthews scored 11. Phee also led the team in boards with 14.

Leading the way for the victorious Marauders was Ideozu, who scored 16 points and knocked down four 3-pointers. Torrey Gray and Jarrett Atkinson each grabbed four rebounds for Carlson.

On Tuesday the Titans will return home after a lengthy road trip to take on Allen Park. The Marauders will stay at home to play Roosevelt on Tuesday.

“They beat us last time by a point” Raymond said of the Bears. “So we’re looking forward to that one.”


Last Updated: 1/25/2014 1:06:48 AM EST