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March 11, 2014

Oilers drill Titans, 74-53

CADILLAC — Traverse City West's remarkable run came to an end in Cadillac.

Mount Pleasant opened the second half with a 22-2 run to blow open a previously-close Class A regional semifinal en route to a 74-53 victory Monday.

"We've been waiting for about three games to start shooting the way we've been capable," Oilers coach Dan Schell said. "And finally we made shots. Aaron (Leasher) knocked down three or four (threes), and Anton (Colton) got one and Tim (Wilson) got one. When we shoot the ball well, we're pretty hard to defend because we've got a good big inside that draws an awful lot of attention."

Mount Pleasant (20-4) moves on to play Flint Carman-Ainsworth in the regional final Wednesday.

Meanwhile, West has a great second half of the season to look back on.

"I'm so proud of the guys and the way they turned our season around halfway through," Titans first-year coach Greg Immink said. "They turned what was a bit of a struggle in the beginning into a great finish to the season. We won 10 of our last 14. And something nobody can take away from us is the district championship from last week. It's a credit to the guys on the floor, and we're thankful to our seniors for the way they led our program this year. Hopefully, this game for the younger guys is a little bit of motivation for the future."

West finished 12-11 after a 2-7 start, culminating with a district championship win over Alpena, which had downed the Titans twice in the regular season.

West losses seniors Tristan Roman, Jonny Wheelock and Ty Troxell, but has six juniors and a half dozen sophomores returning.

"Those are going to be important losses for us — those senior guys," Immink said. "We're excited about the future."

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