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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Truman snaps back after losses to Kennedy, Anderson (PHOTO)

Connor Phee and the Anderson Titans made a statement with their win over Truman early last week. Photo by Larry Caruso

Truman was handed its first two defeats of the season last week, but wasn’t about to settle for a third.

After an 11-point loss to Kennedy on Monday, the Cougars (13-2, 10-2 Downriver League) fell 53-46 Tuesday at Anderson. With the second loss, Truman fell into a first-place tie with Kennedy in the standings, as both squads now have two league losses.

On Friday Truman got back to its winning ways by clobbering Roosevelt 81-35 at home.

Against the Titans (10-7, 8-6 DRL) the Cougars held a 10-8 lead after the first quarter, but in the second Anderson got points from six different players en route to a 21-16 lead for the hosts at the half.

Out of the break, Truman dominated, thanks to nine third-quarter points from Aaron Foster-Smith, and had a 36-30 advantage going into the last eight minutes.

In the final quarter, the Titans got the upper hand and outscored the Cougars 23-10, led by DeJon Matthews, as well as key baskets from Blake Sloan and Trey Harris. Defensively, Matthews held Foster-Smith to just three fourth-quarter points and his squad ultimately hung on for the seven-point upset win.

For the night, Matthews finished with 15 points and teammate Connor Phee had 13, as well as seven rebounds.

Foster-Smith led all scorers with 18 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, while Devain Newbill netted 13 and grabbed six rebounds.

Back home on Friday night, it was Newbill who led the charge in the 46-point blowout of Roosevelt (8-8, 8-6 DRL) as he scored 23 points, pulled down six rebounds and had six assists.

The Cougars wasted no time back on their home court and got out to a 25-8 lead after the first quarter and were up 43-20 by halftime.

In the final 16 minutes, it was more of the same, as the hosts had a 63-27 advantage after three and closed out the game out by outscoring the Bears 18-8 in the final quarter to take the 81-35 win.

Foster-Smith finished with 16 points and nine rebounds and teammate Kendarius Slaughter netted 11 and had five rebounds. Also, Matthew Mason had nine points for Truman and Rashan West finished with eight. Overall, nine different players scored for the Cougars.

Truman was scheduled to play Trenton last night at home and on Friday was set for a battle at Kennedy that could decide the league title.

Anderson went on to beat Woodhaven 54-42 in a contest three nights after taking down the Cougars. The host Titans led only 22-19 at the half, but with a big third quarter went up 41-28 and held on in the fourth for the victory.

Phee led the Titans with 12 points and Matthews had nine for the night for the night.

Nick Towianski and Beruk Lessanework both scored 13 points for the Warriors (0-16, 0-14 DRL) and Rashod Johnson had nine.

Last Updated: 2/18/2014 2:09:08 PM EST

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