PITTSBURG - The Columbus Titans ran into a buzzsaw named Pittsburg Friday night. The boys fell 68-48 and the girls 72-48.
Both teams were facing much larger and deeper opponents.
"We need to figure out (how to deal with) it," Columbus Head Boy's Coach Jeff Renn said after the game. "It doesn't just come down to size."
Renn noted most teams in the SEK are going to be larger than Columbus so his team has to learn how to keep size from being as much of a factor in games.
The Titans were unafraid to get inside and fight it out with the larger Purple dragons, however.
"We did pretty good on the defensive boards being outsized like that," Renn said. "I can't say enough about Andrew Teel at 5-foot 10-inches in there banging like that. I was very proud of our effort."
Columbus struggled to stay in the game all night, after Pittsburg opened up a 14 point first half lead. The Titans came back from half time with some new energy and were able to claw within 7 points in the third quarter before the Dragons opened up a 22-14 quarter in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Aaron Bigando led scoring for the Titans. He shot 2-of-7 from the field, 1-of-8 from the arc and 8-of-9 from the line for 15 points. Colten Stanley was also in double figures and was 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-6 from the arc and 2-of-2 from the line for 13 points.
As a team the Titan boys were 13-of-30 from two point range, 3-of-23 from the arc and 13-of-15 from the line. By contrast the Purple Dragons were 23-of-48 from the field 4-of-8 from three-point range and 10-17 from the line.
Pittsburg girls 72, Columbus 24
In the girls' game it wasn't even a contest. The Lady Dragons opened up with a 16-0 scoring run before Columbus could even get in the game and never looked back racking up a 28-6 first quarter.
The Dragons had their worst quarter of the night in the second as Columbus was competitive for the first and only period of the night, the Dragons outscored the Titans 12-11. In the third quarter the Dragons opened back up 16-2 and finished the game with a 16-5 period.
As a team the Titans were 11-of-31 from the field 0-of-8 from the arc and 2-of-6 from the line. Pittsburg was 25-of-52 from the field, 3-of-5 from the arc and 13-of-16 from the line.