CHEROKEE - The Columbus Titans made their opening round game in the 20th Annual Lancer Classic an exciting one.

The Titans defense held off a late rally by the host Southeast Lancers to win 41-35. The first half got off to a bit of a slow start.

"The Southeast defense played well, it was hard to find our shots. We just weren't moving on offense as well as I would have liked," said Titan coach Jeffery Renn.

Aaron Bigando led the Titans with 12 points which included three 3-pointers. Colten Stanley and Justin Graham finished the game with 6 points each.

Free throws were a challenge for each team.

"I have always said it always comes down to free throws and rebounding." Renn said.

A technical foul in the final minutes of the game was a huge turning point of the game. Titans Andre McLean and the Lancers Chad Ulery got tangled up and McLeon hit the floor. The whistle blew and a technical foul was called on Ulery.

McLean went to the foul line and sank both free throws.

Southeast raced down the court and threw up a quick three pointer which fell short. The Titans rebounded the ball and held on for the win.

The Titans will take on the Riverton Rams who defeated, Baxter Springs 35-34, 8:30 p.m. today in the second round of the Lancer Classic.