COLUMBUS - A re-energized Columbus Titans Boys Basketball team exploded all over the Frontenac Raiders Tuesday night, in a 61-51 win. Columbus is now 2-4 and the Raiders fall to 4-2 in the non-league contest.
Coming off a near-upset of the vaunted St. Mary's-Colgan Panthers the previous week, the Titans hit the floor on a mission.
Pulling out to an early lead in the first quarter, the Titans took off and never looked back. Frontenac pulled back in range early in the second period and tied the score 12-12 but couldn't retake the lead and Columbus pulled away behind lights out shooting from game-high scorer Colten Stanley. Stanley didn't miss a shot the entire first half and missed only three all night in racking up 24 points.
"I guess I just caught fire and started hitting my shots," he said.
Columbus Head Coach Jeff Renn had nothing but good to say about Stanley's performance.
"He has good court vision," Renn said. "He took it upon himself to handle the ball tonight and did well."
The Titans led by as much as 13 at one point but let the Raiders claw back within five late in the game, but Frontenac was forced to foul to stop the clock and Columbus was able to pull away behind free throw shooting. The Titans shot 12-of-19 from the line or about 63 percent.
Columbus had spent the night creating havoc on defense for the Raiders and dictated the pace most of the game.
"We knew they were shooters," Renn said. "We made some adjustments in our defense.
"We knew we would probably have good defense on the inside so we worked the outside a little more than we usually do."
Part and parcel of the chaos created by the Columbus defense was a change in defensive schemes several times during the game.
"We changed our 'D' several times," Renn said. "We changed up more tonight than we ever have and they responded in synch.
"I know now our kids are bright enough to change on the fly."
Stanley said the win and the way the team played against Colgan has given them a lot of confidence.
"It's boosted it big time," he said. "I think we can compete with any team we play."
"We know that we're playing well," he said. "There are several small aspects we need to get better at. We want to peak in March."
Stanley was 8-of-11 from the field, 2-of-2 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Also in double figures were Aaron Bigando, who was 2-of-7 from the field, 2-of-4 from the arc and 5-of-8 from the line for 15 points and Andre McLean who was 4-of-8 from the field, 0-of-1 from the arc and 3-of-5 from the line for 11 points.
As a team the titans were 19-of-36 from the field, shot 4-of-9 from three point range and were 12-of-19 from the line.
Frontenac, by contrast, was 15-of-37 from the field, 4-of-16 from the arc and 9-of-15 from the line. Columbus shot 53 percent from the field while the Raiders were just 41 percent shooters and while Columbus hit just under 50 percent of their three-point shots, Frontenac hit just 25 percent.
Frontenac Girls 65, Columbus 38
Things were not so rosy for the Columbus Girl's Basketball team Tuesday night. The Frontenac Lady Raiders jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter after the Lady Titans looked to make a game of it in the opening minutes and never looked back in a 65-38 romp.
Columbus stayed right with the Raiders for the first few minutes of the first quarter, but late in the period the Raiders got a series of fast breaks and went on an unanswered 13 point run that lasted into the second period.
It was the second quarter which put the final nail in the Titan's coffin, when Frontenac outscored them 25 to 12.
Down 41-20 at the end of the half the Lady Titans were unable to break the Frontenac defense to rally.
The young Titans were 15-of-44 from the field, 0-of-5 from the arc and 8-of-18 from the line. Frontenac shot 21-of-54 from the field, 5-of-14 from the arc and 6-of-9 from the line.
Both Titan teams are on the road to face the Pittsburg Purple Dragons Friday night and will see action in the Southeast Lancer Classic next week.