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Anderson beats Roosevelt in third attempt, advances to district final TOUT VIDEO

After getting knocked off twice this season by Roosevelt, Anderson was determined to earn a victory when it mattered most.

On Wednesday night, the Titans (14-8, 10-7 DRL) came out strong and handed the host Bears (13-9, 10-6 DRL) a 58-40 defeat in the Class A, District 14 semifinals and kept their season alive.

Anderson will now face Woodhaven on Friday night, back in Wyandotte, for the district championship.

“We came out ready to play,” said the Titans’ DeJon Matthews, who led all scorers with 17 points. “They beat us two times in the regular season. Me and my team were amped up and ready to play, ready to play hard, ready to take the victory on their court.”

Matthews also added five rebounds, while teammate Connor Phee scored 11 points for Anderson and pulled down six rebounds.

To advance to Wednesday’s game, the Titans had knocked off Carlson 51-31 two nights earlier in first-round action.

Roosevelt did hold a narrow first-quarter lead in the game, as Jacob Lavis nailed two first-quarter 3-pointers and helped put the Bears up 12-10 heading into the second. For the night, Lavis scored a team-high 15 points and teammate Donovan Stewart added 14.

In the next eight minutes, the Titans outscored Roosevelt 16-2 and never looked back.

Juwan Graham led the way with six second-quarter points, while Trey Harris added four. For the game, Graham finished with eight points and Harris had six.

Early in the third quarter, Roosevelt came out inspired on both ends of the court and scored some quick points.

However, the Titans then shut the Bears down, and with the help of a 3-pointer from Richard Hodnicki, the momentum swung back their way, leading to a 37-28 advantage going into the final eight minutes.

Anderson Coach Dave Pratt said a big reason for the Titans’ success on Wednesday night was their ability to clamp down in their own zone, which he said the team has done well as of late.

“I felt like defensively once again, we’ve been outstanding,” he said. “That was the main factor in that game.”

About two minutes into the final quarter Anderson was up 43-28, thanks to another Hodnicki three, as well as points from Matthews and Phee, and the team ultimately cruised to the 18-point victory.

Despite the double-digit defeat to end the season, Bears Coach Shawn Stewart said he was proud of what his team accomplished this year.

“Win lose or draw, all year our kids played hard,” Stewart said. “Going into the season a lot of (people) said we would (only) win four games, but these kids showed up every day. Win, lose or draw they played their butt off.”

On Friday night, the Titans will face Woodhaven for the district title at 7 p.m. at Roosevelt.







Last Updated: 3/6/2014 4:04:19 PM EST

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