After taking a ten point lead in the first quarter the Titans played one of their best games of the season Friday night against Independence.

Leading through the entire first half the Titans saw Indy hit 13-18 free throws in the final quarter to take a 64-52 win.

“It was just a great effort,” said Titan Coach Kevin Brown. “I am just so proud of the kids, they gave everything they had through the entire game.”

The Titans scored 20 points in the first quarter holding Independence to ten.

“For the first time this season we were the aggresor,” said Brown. “We were hitting on all cylinders early. The kids who came in off the bench did a great job.”

The Bulldogs had cut the Titan lead to just three points at the end of the first half , 31-28.

In the third quarter Indy outscored the Titans 17-13 to take the lead. However, the Titans didn’t go away easily.

When Indy took their first lead of the game at 4:48 to go in the thrid quarter at 34-33 they didn’t seem to get a momentum bump. The Titans stayed with them.

At the end of the third quarter Matt Crain had converted an old fashioned three point play with a neat layup and a free throw. Tadd Lucian canned a five footer at the buzzer and the Titans were trailing 45-44 heading into the final period.

Then came the barage of free-throws. One the evening Indy shot only 27 of 40 from the charity strip but in the final period they mist only five. Columbus shot 14 from the line and hit seven.

Crain led the Titan scoring with 18 points, including one three and a 5-4 night at the line..

Jaden Tedlock had 10 points, including two threes.

Joe Tillman and Justin Rogers each scored five points . Tillman had a three in the first quarter

Lucian and Taylor Spear each scored four points.

Lewis Kellogg and Travis Jones each scored three points.

The Titans will play Southeast Tuesday night in the opening round of the Lancer Classic at Southeast at 7 p.m. in Cherokee.