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February 23, 2013

Titans clinch share of Big North Conference title

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Ethan Pilarski led Central (5-13, 4-7) with 19 points and six rebounds. Tanner Kenney — a 6-7 junior center — added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The Trojans trailed by just one, 17-16, after the first quarter. It was a six-point game, 34-28, at half.

The Titans expanded their lead to 11 in the third quarter and Central could get no closer than six the rest of the way.

"We always tell the kids, 'We've got to play hard.' I thought we did," Trojans coach Jeff Turner said. "We competed.

"We're sitting here at 5-13, but this shows the character these kids have. They continue to fight, continue to battle."

The Trojans never let West feel totally comfortable, even though the Titans led most of the game.

"I thought Central played really well," Graham said. "They out-executed us at times and did some great things. But we won — that's the important thing."

Like Meyer, Central's Kenney has turned his game up a notch, too.

"He's done some really good things the past couple weeks," Turner said. "He's starting to get himself in position (to be successful). He's understanding the game a little more. I think he has the potential to be a double-double guy all the time."

West won the JV game 58-53 in double overtime. Deion Dyal led the Titans (10-9, 7-5) with 21 points. Thiyo Lukusa added 14 points and Sean Grabowski 13 points and seven rebounds.

Jackson Schrameyer netted 16 and Lucas Rowe 11 for the Trojans.

The Titans captured the freshman game 53-31 as Jake Cerny tossed in 15 points and Josh Roman and Sam Alexander 11 apiece. Mason Houston scored 20 for Central.

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