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Lancers win back-to-back titles

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Host and win KBDL championship

By Jesse Osbourne

Elton Scott was a game changer three times in the final seven minutes for the Lebanon Lancers in the Kentucky Basketball Developmental League championship game on Saturday at the Roby Dome.

Lucky for the Lancers, he atoned for a late technical foul after slamming the ball on the court just as the Lancers lost the lead they held all game.

After leading a tight game for nearly three-and-a-half quarters, the Lancers slipped and the River City Gamblers went up 80-79 with 7:20 to play. The lead would grow to six points after Scott's technical.

The Lancers would struggle down the stretch but some last minute heroics would change the game.

With just at a minute to play, Scott would drain a three to knot the game at 92-92. Poor free throw shooting down the stretch would allow the Lancers to sneak back in the game. The Gamblers finished shooting 65 percent from the line.

Jute Bell would come up with a huge steal with 10 seconds to go as the Gamblers tried to hold the ball for the last shot.

A timeout would set up another play for Scott, who was fouled from beyond the three-point arc with 3.5 seconds to play.

Scott drained two of three free throws to put the Lancers back on top 94-92.

Eric Martin of the Gamblers would have enough time to get off a long range three for a chance to win but Scott was there to contest the shot and Martin missed the mark.

The Lancers, only two years old as a franchise, have won titles both years. Last year they were led by Anthony Epps who would go on to be the league's most valuable player. Epps didn't step foot on the court this year and the Lancers finished with the same result.

This year's squad featured Scott and his brother Marlis Scott, former Western Kentucky University player Boris Siakam, Petie Spaulding, Mitchell Hughes, Jute Bell, Michael Douglas, Ashley Wren, Shay Epps, Chad Embry and Andy Rucker. Mark Bell and John Bell coached them. Ernie Robinson served as general manager. Chris Hamilton served as director of marketing.

Next week the KBDL will host an All-Star game in Northern Kentucky to give scouts a chance to see the players. Most scouts will be looking to sign players to play basketball overseas.

Below are the box scores from the Lancers playoff games. They also knocked off the Southern Ohio Generals 110-108 in the first round. They opened the game with a 73-52 halftime lead but had to fight off the pesky Generals in order to advance to the championship.