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BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Anderson hits nine triples, coasts past Trenton

The Anderson boys’ basketball team (8-7, 6-6 Downriver League) was lights out from behind the arc on Friday night, and its hot shooting propelled the squad to a 58-43 win over the visiting Trenton Trojans (4-10, 2-9 DRL).

“That might have been the best we shot the whole year,” said Anderson Coach Dave Pratt. “We know (Connor) Phee can hit the shot, but when we have other kids stepping up and hitting jumpers like that we’re a tough team to beat.”

Four different Titans sank baskets from behind the long line on Friday. Anderson got the party started early on, hopping out to a quick 12-2 lead after one quarter of play, spearheaded by five first-quarter points from Phee.

When Phee sat down for a breather in the second half, the Trojans took advantage and outscored Anderson 15-12 in the second frame.

“Phee going to the bench hurts but we didn’t attack their 1-2-2 (defense),” Pratt said. “We just kind of looked around at each other and no one wanted to shoot when they had the opportunity.”

Brady Tanguay scored six of the Trojans’ 15 second-quarter points and by the time the buzzer went off after the second quarter the Titans were only leading 24-17.

But just as they did to open the game, Anderson came out of the half on fire, knocking down four of their nine 3-pointers and forcing Trenton Coach Jay Babyak to call a timeout to rethink things.

“We rely on the matchup zone, that’s been with us all year,” Babyak said. “So they just hit shots. That’s going to happen from time to time.”

Anderson took a commanding 42-24 lead into the fourth quarter and coasted from there on out.

Babyak said that Trenton not having school on Friday might have contributed to their sluggish performance.

“We didn’t have school today. My boys worked on a fundraiser earlier in the day and we came out flat,” Babyak said. “We got some work to do, we’re young, we’re getting better. We didn’t make our shots tonight and that’s a big deal for us.”

The Titans controlled the glass for the better part of the night, trumping Trenton in the rebounding war 24-15.

Phee led all scorers with 17 points. He also hit three 3-pointers and hauled in a team-high eight rebounds. Juwan Graham added nine points for Anderson on three 3-pointers.

Ryan Barker put up nine points to lead Trenton and Jaylin Jordan scored seven. Tanguay and Jerry LaBell tied for the team lead in rebounds with three apiece.

Next up for the Trojans will be a Tuesday night home game against Kennedy. The Titans meanwhile, will stay home on Tuesday to take on an undefeated Truman team.

“We’ll, they’re Truman,” Pratt said. “They’re a very good, they haven’t lost yet and I think we’re lucky to be getting them at home. But we’ve had a good week this week and our boys will be ready.”

Last Updated: 2/8/2014 1:12:00 AM EST

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