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  • Anderson Coach Dave Pratt talks to his players during Monday night's Class A, Region 3 semifinal at Saline. Pratt said the team's younger players gained valuable experience through the Titans' postseason run this year. Photo gallery by Dave Chapman

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This season, Anderson finished near the middle of the pack in the Downriver League standings.

However, as of late last Friday night, the fourth-place Titans (15-9, 9-7 DRL) were the last league team still standing in the postseason and the only one to going on to regionals.

In Class A, District 14 action last week, Anderson won three contests by an average of almost 20 points per game to capture the title. The Titans knocked off defending district champ Carlson 51-31 in the first round, two nights later won 58-40 against host Roosevelt, which finished ahead of them in the standings, and earned the trophy Friday with a 47-27 win against Woodhaven.

Unfortunately for Anderson, it fell 63-34 in Monday’s regional semifinal to No. 4-ranked Ypsilanti, which is a favorite of many to win the Class A title.

Despite the abrupt end to the 2013-14 campaign, Titans Coach Dave Pratt said it was an overall success in his eyes.

“Great season for Southgate basketball,” he said after Monday’s game. “A real program building season.”

With that, he said the squad’s younger players gained valuable experience for next year by being a part of the run to a district title and the trip to regionals.

“I like our group, I like the fact that we got a chance to be here, because the young players now see where you really need to be in order to compete,” he said “I think that’ll re-focus a lot of our juniors who have been with us since sophomores, they got a taste of it, which is always a good thing.”

The team will lose such seniors as Connor Phee, Richard Hodnicki and Terrance Johnson to graduation, but will have impact players like DeJon Matthews, Blake Sloan, Juwan Graham and Trey Harris all returning for one more season.

“There’s a lot to build on,” Pratt said. “We’ve got some good basketball players, we’ve just got to get a little stronger, that’s the key.”

Last Updated: 3/11/2014 2:38:07 PM EST