Posted On: 02/24/19 2:17 PM

What a difference a month makes. 

The Carlsbad Lancers entered Saturday’s CIF Division 2 finals winning six straight and  12 of the 13 after losing three straight games between Jan. 4 and Jan. 11.

They made it seven in a row Saturday, soundly defeating top-seeded Rancho Buena Vista 72-54 to claim the D2 title, the school’s first championship since 2000.

Carlsbad entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed. They defeated Oceanside, Mount Miguel and Bonita Vista en route to the finals win at RIMAC Arena.

The Lancers winning ways coincided with junior point guard Jailen Nelson becoming eligible after the sit-out period in late December. The Sage Creek transfer scored a team-high 21 points to go with 7 rebounds a

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