“We let them get that lead in the second quarter and could never come back in the game,” said Titan Head Coach Kevin Brown following Columbus’ 44-34 loss to Southeast Tuesday night.
“At one point we in the second quarter we were down seven, a basket would have cut it to five and we could have been in the game,” said Brown. “Instead they got the basket went up by nine and we were never really in the game after that.”
Playing in the first round of the Lancer Classic Tuesday at Cherokee, the Titans played hard the entire game, which had been a problem earlier in the season.
Both teams were plagued with poor shooting — both shot just over 20 percent from the field .
The top seeded Lancers (8-2) took advantage of Columbus’ shooting woes in the second quarter, holding the Titans (0-9) to just a field goal.
Matt Crain the Titans leading scorer fouled out early in the fourth quarter which hampered the scoring, just when it was most important.
The Titans’ game plan included taking away the inside play of Andrew Crumpacker which they did with some success in the first half.
“Crumpacker is a good player,” said Brown. “You give a player like him enough chances and he will score.”
There were five turnovers before either team was able to connect from the field as the game opened.
“The whole idea was to limit the turnovers and take care of the basketball,” Brown said. “Once we made three of our first three possessions into turnovers, it all became mental.”
Columbus wound up turning the ball over 19 times in the game.
The Lancers were 15 of 27 from the free-throw line whereas Columbus was just 8 of 17.
“We made some (free throws),” Brown said. “We have some kids that are capable of hitting those.”
Scoring for Titans were Crain with 12 points, Joe Tillman six, Jaden Tedlock 5, Justin Rogers three and Tadd Lucian one point.
The Titans will play Baxter Springs at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the west gymnasium at Southeast as the second round of play begins.
Riverton 53 Baxter Springs. 38
Led by Rob Hefley with 16 points Riverton took a win after falling behind early and kept a nine or greater lead through the entire game.
Frontenac 51- Marmaton Valley 45
The Frontenac boy’s basketball team had a dogfight on their hands in the first round of the Lancer Classic as Marmaton Valley rallied from a single-digit halftime deficit to pull to within 2 with 19.4 seconds left in the game.
A late foul by Wildcat Randall Kuns allowed Frontenac’s Buster Reddick to hit the front-end of a two-shot foul, putting the Raiders up by 3, 48-45.
Oswego 49-St. Paul 28
Oswego held a 27-13 lead at halftime and cruised to a 49-28 win over St. Paul in the first round of the Lancer Classic at Cherokee Tuesday.
Lane Martin led Oswego in the first half with 10 points, including a pair of three point goals in the first quarter.
The Indians got seven points from Kolby Carter in the loss.