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Titans’ Season Ends In Substate Heartbreaker

By Staff | Mar 1, 2016

AIR DELIVERY - The Titans’ Michael Girres floats through the West Hancock defense for a shot in Saturday’s Substate Game. Girres scored 12 points in the Titans’ loss. -- Kelly Jospehson photo

HUMBOLDT – Foir the second year in a row, the dreams of a State Tournament appearance came to a crushing halt Saturday night for the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans. The Titans’ trip to the State Tournament was derailed by the West Hancock Eagles in an 86-76 loss. The loss ends GT/RA’s season at 22-2.

As Saturday’s Substate game opened in Humboldt, West Hancock would get out to the early advantage, taking a 7-0 lead over the Titans, but GT/RA would get their offense moving, reeling off a 17 point run sparked by Michael Girres and Andy Geelan to put the Titans up 17-9 and then taking a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter off a bucket by Noah Stukey.

The Titans remained hot to start the second quarter, using a three-pointwer from Jared Sikora to give GT/RA a 22-13 lead, the largest of the game, but West Hancock would fight back and eventually tied the game a t 32-32 as the clock ticked down ont he half. The Titans would get a pair of late buckets from Noah Stukey and Nick Josephson to five them a 38-35 lead at the halftime brea.

But as the second half started, the Titans found themselves in a tough spot. Wes Hancock opened the second half with four straight three-point buckets, forcing GT/RA to play catch-up ball through the third frame as the Eagles were able to maintain their lead through the third quarter for a 59-56 advantage over the Titans to start the Final quarter.

West Hancock would be able to stretch their lead out to a dozen points, 70-58, with 5:00 to play in the contest, but Andy Geelan would reel off seven points to keep his team in the fight. With just over one minute left in the season, Michael Girres drained a three-ball to make the score 73-76, but wes Hancock would reel off 10 points in the final minute, while the Titans got a final three pointers for the 86-76 final score to end GT/RA’s season.

FOLLOW?THROUGH - GT/RA’s Jared Skiora follows through on a shot during play Saturday night in the Class 1A Substate game at Humboldt.?Sikora scored 10 points in the 86-76 loss. -- Kelly Jospehson photo

Andy Geelan would finish the night with a double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, while handing out six assists to his teammates. Noah Stukey would add 18 points tot he effort with eight rebounds, while Michael Girres tallied 12 points with four boards and a pair of assiss.

Jared Sikora came awa with 10 points on the night, while Taylor Enderson added nine points and Nick Josephson tallied seven points in the effort.

West Hancock, a team that shoots nearly 70 percent from the line for the season, finished 23-of-38 for 82 percent from the charity stripe in the game. GT/RA would shoot more free throws in the game, but made just 17-of-30 for 57 percentaccuracy.

Coach Randy Hough and the Titans bid farewell to seniors Taylor Enderson, Andy Geelan, Jared Sikora, Nick Josephson, Noah Stukey, Michael Girres and Travis Meyer.