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February 23, 2013

Titans clinch share of Big North Conference title

TRAVERSE CITY — Kendrick Meyer picked a good time to play his best game of the season.

The 6-5 senior center scored a season-high 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Friday night as Traverse City West upended Traverse City Central 66-54 to clinch at least a share of the Big North Conference basketball title.

The title share was made possible after Alpena upset Petoskey. West, Petoskey and Cadillac all have three league losses. The Northmen and Vikings still have a league game to go.

"Sweet," said Titans coach Brett Graham after hearing of the Alpena win.

The Titans were in a celebratory mood after topping Central to finish 9-3 in the Big North. Meyer played a pivotal role, scoring 10 points in a tightly-contested first quarter and eight in the fourth to keep the Trojans at bay.

Asked about his performance afterwards, Meyer cited several factors for what turned out to be a special Senior Night outing.

"The crowd, the anticipation, living in the moment, last home game of our senior year — we had to make it special," he said.

Meyer's emergence in recent weeks has been a boost for the Titans, Graham said.

"That's huge for us," he said. "If we can get that type of threat on a consistent basis, it adds a whole new dimension.

"This was his most efficient game of the year. I still think he can do better. But he's stepping up and becoming a big-time player for us. And we're emphasizing getting it inside to Kendrick because he's playing so much better, demanding the ball, and our guys quite honestly are doing a better job finding him."

Jeremiah Williams added 17 points and six rebounds for the Titans (12-7 overall). He had 11 in the second half. Donny Cizek contributed 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

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