– SOUTHGATE STAR
The Anderson basketball team was just 11-11 last year, but for the past couple of seasons, the team has been just that close to knocking off the best teams in the area. In each of the past two seasons, the Titans have lost early in Michigan High School Athletic Association district play by a single point to the team that eventually went on to win the district championship.
Only a couple of players remain from those teams, but those few are well versed in coach Eugene Kolbusz’s style of play.
“We are definitely young,” said Kolbusz, “we have just four seniors, but those seniors have run the system for three or four years. They definitely now the system, so we don’t have to spend a lot of time working on that.”
The seniors are Aaron Jaciuk, Cole Hinsman, Max Walker and Brandon Payne. Payne is a transfer from Carlson and Kolbusz said he has had a good summer getting ready for his senior campaign in burgundy.
“These guys are all in and hopefully it will all come together for us this season,” Kolbusz said.
Making the seniors’ job a little easier is a sophomore and a pair of juniors that Kolbusz said will each make a big impact this season. The sophomore, Jake Peer, has turned some heads already this season.
“I think he will be a huge asset for us,” said the coach.
The juniors are Jordan Fogg and Spencer Mcmahon.
Mcmahon is better known as the best pitcher on the Anderson baseball team, but the 11th-grader can play some hoop, too.
“Baseball may be Spencer’s game,” said Kolbisz, “but he can really shoot the basketball.”
Kolbusz said two other sophomores – Anthony Gutierrez and Giovanni Hugan – have shown some spark as well.
Overall, Kolbusz said, this year’s team has a good feel to it.
“We have no “mes” on this team this year,” he said. “Everyone gets along and we’ve had no issues at all.”
That’s good if the Titans hope to challenge the top teams in the Downriver League
Woodhaven has reigned in the DRL the past few seasons and Kolbusz said the Warriors will be strong again this season, he also named Wyandotte and Carlson as top teams in the conference, and, the coach was not shy about putting his squad among the league favorites, as well.
Anderson started the season on Dec. 10th against non-league Riverview and they started the league campaign on Dec. 17 against Lincoln Park.
When it comes to MHSAA district play this season, the Downriver League teams are divided into two tournaments.
Woodhaven, Carlson and Trenton will head south and join Monroe and Bedford at the tournament hosted by Bedford.
Anderson will go to Lincoln Park, along with Allen Park, Roosevelt, Riverview and the host school. Districts run March 9-13, 2020.
00 Daveon Jones
1 Giovanni Hugan
2 Anthony Gutierrez
3 Andrew Calhoun
4 Maxton Walker
10 Cole Hinzmann
11 Jake Peer
21 Brandon Payne
23 Spencer McMahon
24 Jordan Fogg
33 Aaron Jaciuk