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Ewen-Trout Creek coach Brad Besonen hugs Jaden Borseth of the Panthers after winning an MHSAA Division 4 quarter-final match against Rudyard in Munising March 22. (Ironwood Daily Globe photo by Jason Juno)

Brady Titus couldn’t have scripted a better ending to his high school basketball career.

In fact, senior guard Tri-unity Christian would have struggled to script a more impressive career.

Michigan’s Associated Press All-State Panel voted Titus Division 4 Player of the Year after leading the Defenders to the state championship.

Titus once again won the March 26 state title game, scoring a game-high 33 points in the Defenders’ 56-45 overtime win over Ewen-Trout Creek at Breslin Center. Titus scored eight of Tri-unity’s first 10 points in overtime, propelling Tri-unity to its fifth state title in program history.

The E-TC runner-up represented the Upper Peninsula well on the All-State Team, earning four of the six spots on the various Honor Teams.

Ewen-Trout Creek’s Jaden Borseth, forward, heads for the edge in the first half of an MHSAA Division 4 quarterfinal match played against Rudyard at Munising High School March 22. Borseth finished with a game-high 22 points. (Newspaper photo by Travis Nelson)

They are led by All-State first-team senior Jaden Borseth, as well as coach Brad Besonen as first-team coach of the year.

In the second team is Rudyard senior EJ Suggitt, while on the honorable mention list are Eric Abramson and Kelsey Jilek of Ewen as well as Tate Besteman of Rudyard.

The state championship game effort capped a stellar four-year career for Titus, who set eight school records. That included the 29.7 points per game he averaged this winter.

“It couldn’t have had a better ending” said Mark Keeler, who coached the Defenders for 35 years and was named second-team All-State coach. “He’s a brilliant young man and I’m so proud of him. He worked so hard and is diligent. He stayed humble and hungry. He didn’t let go and it showed in the final. He didn’t wasn’t going to be denied. It was funny to watch.”

He set eight Tri-Unity records, including a single-game best 44 points, a single-season mark of 771 and a career-high 1,913 points, despite missing 17 games over the past two years due to COVID-19 protocols.

What doesn’t show up in the stats and the record books are Titus’ leadership skills. The Defenders lost in the 2021 state championship game and came back to win it all this season despite returning just two starters and five players overall.

“We fired Brady and Aidan DeKlyen, and that was it (for starters),” said Keeler, whose team finished 21-6. “We had two sophomores from him and another sophomore coming off the bench. We had a relatively young team. It was fun to see the year progressing. We got better and better, especially in defence.

Titus will continue his education and basketball career at Indiana Tech. Keeler predicted Titus’ success to the next level.

“The most important thing is his attitude” said Keeler. “As successful as he became, he never let his head go. He reflected that. He had to know he was a good player. That’s what everyone told him. Sometimes , the kids soak up everything and start to stink and have huge attitudes.

“He was nothing like that. He was like a mirror. He reflected it. He reflected it to God, and he reflected it to his teammates and everyone around him. He was very altruistic in his attitude.It never corrupted him as far as his humility was concerned.

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