PARSONS — The Columbus Titans‘ Cinderella season came to an end Saturday night behind a 73-53 loss to the state-ranked Parsons Vikings.
The Titans who were 4-17 last year finish the year as substate runner‘s up and with an 11-8 record. It was Columbus‘ best finish in years.
“The seniors have been good leaders this year,” Titan Head Coach Jeff Renn said after the game. “Hopefully they took something out of this season they can use as a life skill, hopefully they can say ‘I‘m better for having played basketball this year.’”
The game started off badly for the Titans as a ferocious Viking offense jumped all over them from the outset racking up a 17-4 first quarter that put the Titans in a hole they were not able to dig out of. The second quarter was somewhat better for the Titans as they tried to claw back into range with a 12-18 performance that left them down 35-16 going into half time.
“I walked into the locker room at half time and they‘re sitting around talking about what they need to do and they said, ‘you don‘t need to talk to us coach we know what we‘re doing wrong,’” Renn said, adding he asked them what they thought the problem was and the team named off about seven things that needed correction. Renn said those were all things he‘d planned on discussing with the team.
The Titans were able to hang with the Vikings throughout the second half and both teams scored 36 points after the break. The Titans were unable to claw closer than 20 points, however, and the game ended with a final shot by Columbus.
Three Titans were in double figures, Joel Holeman was leading scorer for Columbus with 15 points on two field goals, two free throws and three treys. Owen Jordan and Taylor Spear were also in double figures with 13 and 12 respectively.
As a team the Titans were 11-of-34 from the field, 9-of-18 from the line and 7-of-26 from behind the arc. By way of contrast, the Vikings were 23-of-35 from the field, 8-of-20 from the line and 6-of-21 from three-point range.
Renn said he gives much of the credit for the season to his team and to his assistant coaches, Tony Battitori and Warren Boldrini.
“Warren and Tony, they worked their tails off,” Renn said. “They made sure they fundamentals were there and helped me out on the bench tremendously.”