Titans take PAC win over Pike Central

The Gibson Southern Titans faced off in an away game against conference foes Pike Central. The Titans were looking to advance to 3-3 in the conference and 7-12 on the season. After a low scoring battle, with the Titans going 0 for 2 on free throws, Gibson Southern won 45-30.

“I was overall pretty happy with the game,” Titan head coach Kyle Runyan said. “We continued with our press, and it helped to speed them up and get us a couple buckets.”

The Titans started off on a 7-0 run in the first quarter. They expanded their lead to 14-2 and ended the first quarter up 14-6. The Titans continued to keep the Chargers from scoring, maintaining a lead of 28-12 going into the half.

“We did a really good job on defense holding them to limited shots,” senior Mitchell Spindler said. “We didn’t score as much as we usually do, but it didn’t really matter.”

The Titans came out in the third quarter scoring six straight points and continued to hold off the Chargers, ending the third quarter 39-21. Pike Central outscored Gibson Southern in the fourth 9-6, but the Titans kept their lead.

“I think we played pretty well against Pike,” senior Adam May said. “We still have a few games left to improve for Sectionals, but I think we will do well.”

May led the Titans in scoring with 13 points, followed by sophomore Drew Foster with 11.

Pike Central’s efforts were led by junior Sean Hanselman who put up 11 points.

The Titans will play their final home game on Friday against the Wood Memorial Trojans. They have already beaten the Trojans once this season 54-43 in the third place Toyota Classic game. Friday’s match is also the Titans senior night.

“We are looking to get a big win on Friday,” Runyan said. “This is a winnable game for us, and it would be a nice win for our seniors.