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The Cincinatti Stallions started hot but cooled off enough in the second half to allow the Lebanon Lancers their first win on opening night in franchise history.
"We've got a long way to go but we'll get it done," Head Coach Mark Bell said. "We've got to give them (Stallions) credit, they came to play."
Carl Richburg and Justin Gaines had the hot hands for the Stallions, combining for 64 of the team's 88 points. They hit a combined 14 three pointers. Richburg was lights out all night, hitting six three pointers in the first half and three in the second half on his way to 33 points. Gaines hit five three pointers on his way to 31 points. No other Stallion would score in double figures.
The Lancers pressed the undermanned Stallions most of the night. Only seven Stallions suited up in the expansion team's inaugural game. The Lancers, in their second season, suited up 11 players.
Foul trouble in the second half would limit the Stallions even more, tightening their rotation to six men.
Cincinatti led 23-21 after the first quarter and would trade baskets with the Lancers most of the night until the fourth quarter when the visiting team seemingly ran out of gas and the Lancers put them away for good.
A balanced scoring attack would spread the Stallions out on defense, with five Lancers scoring in double figures. Mitchell Hughes led the way with 19 points. Marlis Scott and Petie Spaulding were close behind with 17 points apiece. Elton Scott and Jute Bell would chip in with 15 points apiece.
"We've got a lot of scorers and we share the ball well," Bell said.
The Lancers also made more trips to the line while shooting a better percentage from the line. The team was 17-22 from the line for 77 percent shooting. The Stallions went 4-9 from the line for 44 percent shooting.
The Lancers travel to Cincinnati on Saturday to play the Stallions on their home floor.
Lancers - Marlis Scott 17, Ashley Wren 2, Shay Epps 6, Petie Spaulding 17, Elton Scott 15, Chad Embry 6, Mitchell Hughes 19, Jute Bell 15 Lebanon 21 24 21 30 - 96 Cincinatti 23 19 19 27 - 88