Legend Wins Season Opener
One thing was brutally clear following the Dodge City Legend's season-opening victory Sunday night - Lazarus Sims doesn't like to lose.


Dodge City's Renaldo Major drives to the basket - Rick Druse/Daily Globe Photo
Sims, who was on the Legend's last two championship teams, scored all 19 of his points in the second half and personally jump-started Dodge City when it needed it the most as the Legend defeated the Nebraska Cranes 85-83 at the Civic Center.

Though the Legend trailed by four at halftime, that deficit soon ballooned to 12 with six minutes to go in the third quarter, but a hard foul in the paint by the Cranes' Courtney James on Sims proved to be just what Dodge City needed.

Legend head coach Dale Osbourne said he thought his team "came out a little dead" to start the second half and that Sims did his part to get the team energized.

"He's a winner," Osbourne said. "He doesn't like to lose. He understands too that we have some new guys here and its going to take some time to gel."

Dodge City managed to get within six to start the final quarter at 67-61 and then went on a small run to cut the deficit to just two with 9:13 remaining. James Reaves, who recorded a double-double for Dodge City with 22 points and 13 rebounds, scored all six of the Legend's points on the run.
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