Lancers miss the mark

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By Jesse Osbourne

A last second three clanged off the rim, securing a 92-89 victory for the Southern Ohio Generals.

It's one of several missed opportunities for the Lebanon Lancers in the final three minutes of their game Saturday night at the Roby Dome.

Marlis Scott's contested three would have knotted the game at 91-91 and forced overtime but it was just one shot in a string of many that just wouldn't fall.

Playing from behind most of the game, the Lancers finally caught up to the Generals with three minutes to play in a physical match up.

Several players exchanged words throughout the second half and things finally came to a head when the Generals coach was tossed from the game after earning a double technical.

After the dust settled, the play would result in five free throws for Elton Scott with the Lancers down 86-85.

Scott would make only one of five free throws and tie the game.

Mitchell Hughes would have a chance to break the tie from the line with 2:20 to play but he clanged two off the rim as well.

The Generals made four of six free throws down the stretch to extend the lead to 90-86.  

A Boris Siakam slam with 7.5 seconds left put the Lancers down 90-88 and a quick foul by Petie Spaulding would send the Generals to the line to make it 92-88.

Marlis Scott would hit one of two free throws with 4.1 seconds left to make it 92-89.

The Lancers then stole the final inbounds pass and missed a three. Siakam rebounded, kicked out to Marlis Scott and he shot a fade away three with a man in his face as time expired.

Marlis Scott finished with 23 points. Siakam finished with 20 points. Spaulding finished up with 17 points and Hughes ended with 16 points.

Elton Scott had seven points and Mike Douglas had four. Chad Embry finished with two points.

The Lancers travel to play the River City Gamblers on Saturday.