Nothing comes easy to a team with an 0-9 record.

Imagine, its the fourth quarter leading by 16 points, and haven’t won a game all season.

Suddenly, the opponent hits a three pointer, then another and a third, the lead is melting. The coaches and even the fans are holding their breaths—looking at the floor, searching for answers.

Could this really be happening?

The lead melted away to five. The coach changed the defense, the threat ended.

The game ended the Titans won and the losing streak was over, the future looks brighter.

“The monkey is finally off our back,” said Titan Coach Kevin Brown.

After nine loses the Titan Coach has his first win in Columbus.

Stopping Baxter Springs in a fast paced run and gun shootout the Titans took the 66-61 win after leading by 17 earlier in the quarter. The win put them in the game Saturday afternoon for fifth place in the Lancer Classic at Cherokee.

“That was fun,” said Brown after the game. “We went back to the man to man just to stop their outside shooting of  (Ty) Rowe,” said Brown. He is a real shooter and we just couldn’t leave him alone.

Rowe had five three pointers and 30 points in the game. The entire Columbus team had five threes but, in the end it was team and not individual play that put the Lions away.

Matt Crain led the Titans with 18 points, Jaden Tedlock had 17.

The teams played close in the first half with both teams shooting well and moving the ball up and down the floor quickly.

When the first quarter came to a close Columbus was leading 17-16 the half it was 30-28.

The Titans had four three pointers in the first quarter which kept them in the game.

As the third quarter opened Justin Rogers hit a basket, followed by a Tedlock bucket from the free throw line on a heads up pass from Lewis Kellogg. The quick play turned into an 11-2 run by the Titans giving them a 49-39 lead with 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

“That third quarter was big for us, everybody contributed in the win,” said Brown.

In that final nail-biting quarter, Baxter Springs outscored Columbus 22-19 but the big third quarter was enough for the victory.

The Titans will play Saturday at 3:30 in the west gym.

Marmaton Valley 62-28

Ethan Erickson had 11 points and led three Wildcats in double-figures as Marmaton Valley got past St. Paul, 62-28 in the consolation semifinals of the Lancer Classic Thursday.

The Wildcats held St. Paul to just three points in the opening quarter and put the game on cruise control from there.

Kolby Carter had 10 points to lead the Indians.

Oswego 59, Frontenac 37

Damon Trotnic hit a game-high 18 points to lead Oswego to a 59-37 win over Frontenac in the championship semifinals of the Lancer Classic on Thursday.

The Raiders were down 24-19 at halftime before Oswego opened up the flood gates in the second half to outscore Frontenac 35-18 in the second half.

Joe Saia and Tanner Mendicki each had nine points for the Raiders.        Riverton 37 Southeast 36

With the Southeast boys leading 36-35, the clock ticked down in the final seconds of the Riverton-Southeast semifinals of the Lancer Classic on Thursday, Riverton’s Preston Combs lofted a three point shot that was rebounded by Cody Paine and put back as time expired to give the Rams a 37-36 win.

Riverton moves on to the championship game against Oswego at 6:30 p.m. Saturday while the Lancers will play Frontenac for third-place at 6:30 p.m.