TRAVERSE CITY — At its best, the Traverse City West boys basketball team is as good as any team in the Big North Conference.
That much was clear against league-leading Cadillac on Thursday night.
The Titans forced Cadillac standout Jalen Brooks into a tough night offensively and had a scoring barrage in the third quarter to defeat the Vikings 57-42 at West High School.
West (4-7, 3-2 Big North) turned a five-point halftime lead into a 20-point bulge as it outscored Cadillac 25-10 in the third, running off a string of 17 straight points over a four-minute stretch early in the quarter.
“We played a great third quarter. It’s kind of been a tough quarter for us all year actually,” said West head coach Greg Immink. “Today we played the way you’re supposed to play coming out of halftime. Big win for us to continue the momentum we started a couple weeks ago. I feel like our guys are starting to hit their stride now.”
Alex Scott and Stephen Sheppard accounted for all of the Titans’ points during the decisive segment, scoring more than half of them from beyond the arc. Scott ended up leading the Titans with 24 points and Sheppard had 18.
“We do have good shooters, contrary to what people have seen so far,” said Immink. “It’s fun when a couple of guys get going at the same time. We really haven’t had that yet. We’ve had one guy get hot one game, different guy a second game.”
Help defense by Cadillac opened up opportunities for the Titans.
“Sheppard’s such a good shooter. We helped off him a little bit because Scott was hurting us on some pick and roll stuff,” said Cadillac coach Jeff McDonald. “When you help off Sheppard, and he gets it going, he’s too good of a shooter. Hats off to them. They played a really good third quarter and we didn’t.”