CHEROKEE - Leading by as much as 17 at one point the Columbus Titans hung on to take third place at the Southeast Lancer Classic over Marmaton Valley Friday 52-47.
The Titans jumped out to an early lead opening up a 30-23 first half and then climbing all over Marmaton Valley in the third quarter 13-8 to go into the final period 43-31.
The momentum had shifted slightly in the third quarter and had gone mostly Marmaton's way in the fourth as the Wildcats put together a 16-9 period but the Titans held off the late charge and came away with third place.
Both teams had an identical 38 attempts from the field but the Titans hit more of their shots.
Columbus was 18-of-38 from the field, 4-of-13 from the arc and 3-of-8 from the line. The Wildcats shot just 13-of-38 from the field, 4-of-15 from the arc and 9-of-16 from the line.
Colten Stanley again led shooting for the Titans, going 2-of-7 from the field, 2-of-5 from behind the arc and 0-of-1 from the line.
Sophomore Guard Aaron Bigando, whose defensive performance had much to do with the victory had 9 points on the night. Bigando had four blocks and multiple steals, creating havoc for the Wildcat's offense.
Lancer Classic Girls 5th place game, Columbus Girls 38, St. Paul 30.
Neither team shot well from the field, in the Southeast Lancer Classic fifth place game Friday night, but it was the Columbus Titans who held on for the win, much like the boys holding off a late charge for the victory.
Columbus set the tone early on, going into the half up by seven and up by 14 at the end of the third - 29-15. St. Paul put together a 15-9 quarter, but as time ran out was forced to foul to stop the clock in a game which was already foul laden.
Columbus had a total of 24 fouls and St. Paul had 23.
As a team the Lady titans shot 12-of-54 from the field, 1-of-8 from the arc and 11-of-28 from the line. St. Paul was just 7-of-41 from the field, 2-of-18 from the arc and 10-of-23 from the line.