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February 20, 2014

Slow start, fast finish for Titans

TRAVERSE CITY — For one quarter, it looked like Gaylord had Traverse City West’s number.

Then, for the rest of Wednesday’s boys basketball game, all the numbers favored the Titans.

The most important, of course, is the final score of 64-33, which gave West its sixth win in nine games after starting the season 1-7.

And on Senior Night to boot.

“It’s kind of a mixed feeling,” said senior Jonny Wheelock, who had 13 points and five rebounds. “I was excited to be here, but right now, I don’t want it to be over. This has been my life since I was little and now it’s slowly dwindling away. But we still have a chance to have a home game in the playoffs, so that’s something to look forward to and get better until then.”

West’s other two seniors — Ty Troxell and Tristan Roman — were also in the starting lineup.

Roman scored 11 points and Troxell added two, converting an Alex Scott pass into a lay-up for a 6-0 lead.

“I don’t want it to end,” Roman said. “It’s what I’ve been doing since I was a little kid. It’s a roller coaster of emotions. It’s tough to see it end, but I’m glad we went out like that.”

West can earn one more home game by advancing in district play past the same Blue Devils team in Gaylord. The Titans would then host Sault Ste. Marie on March 5.

Gaylord (3-13, 0-10 BNC) led 8-6 after the first eight-minute quarter. West couldn’t get its shots to drop.

“I don’t know if the senior (night) thing is the main issue, but guys are really excited, especially those senior guys for their last game at home,” Titans coach Greg Immink said. “Maybe a little bit of the nerves got in on a few of those shots that our guys normally make.”

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