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Second-half explosion rocks Knights

Bellefontaine outscores Greenon 38-12 over final two quarters to pick up first win

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Bellefontaine’s Brett Wisner takes a shot during Tuesday’s home game against Greenon. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Bellefontaine showed off its transition game in the second half Tuesday, and Greenon had no hope in stopping it.

After a tightly played first half in which Bellefontaine emerged with just a two-point lead at halftime, the host Chiefs cranked up the tempo over the final two quarters and raced to a 67-39 rout in a Central Buckeye Conference crossover game.

It was the first win of the season for the Chiefs (1-2). Greenon falls to 2-3.

Bellefontaine outscored the Knights 38-12 in the second half of play.

“I thought we did some nice things offensively in the first half, but we didn’t do a job getting in the gaps defensively and we gave up some threes,” said BHS head coach Henry Stolly. “I felt like we needed to do a better job defensively in the second half. We were more efficient and the play was a little cleaner in the second half. We rebounded better and that created offense at the other end.”

Using its advantage in athleticism over the Knights, Bellefontaine pushed the ball up the court at every opportunity in the second half.

The result was a balanced offensive output with five players scoring in double figures.

Bellefontaine had just one player reach double digits in Friday’s loss to Springfield Shawnee.

“A win like this gives you a nice shot of confidence,” said Stolly. “We are trying to get back on track and we are working on improving every day.”

Senior point guard Matt Gump has been relied heavily on his scoring, but he also displayed his knack for getting his teammates involved Tuesday. Gump handed out 10 assists to go with his 12 points and seven rebounds.

Sophomore guard Tristin Tillman had a breakout performance for the Chiefs as he scored a career-high 12 points. He also notched four steals.

“Tristin is going to be a big part of what we do,” said Stolly. “He can run the point and he also has the ability to get out quickly and score in transition.”

Another bright spot was the return of sophomore center Caleb Mitchell. A foot injury prevented him from playing football this fall and hampered him in the preseason. He did not play in the Chiefs’ losses to Celina and Shawnee.

Mitchell came off the bench to score 10 points — all in the first half — against the Knights.

“We got some good minutes out of Caleb,” said Stolly. “He still needs to work on his conditioning, but he is a space eater in there and he finishes well. The other guys did a good job of getting him the ball.”

Caleb’s older brother Logan Mitchell, a senior post player, contributed a career-high 10 points and sophomore forward Max Oyer had 11 points.

A.J. Gorham chipped in seven points for Bellefontaine.

Anthony Colletti scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Knights. Only four players scored for Greenon.

In Tuesday’s junior varsity game, Bellefontaine won 34-25. Dorian Hughes led the Chiefs with eight points.

Bellefontaine also won the freshman game with a 65-22 blowout. Lane Wisner led the winners with 15 points.

The Chiefs return to action Friday at Kenton Ridge.

BELLEFONTAINE 67 GREENON 39

GREENON (2-3)

Carpenter 3 4-5 11; Green 2 0-0 5; Ant. Colletti 5 4-6 17; And. Colletti 1 4-7 6. Totals: 11 12-18 39.

BELLEFONTAINE (1-2)

Gump 4 2-2 12; A. Gorham 3 0-0 7; Oyer 4 3-5 11; Mitchell 5 0-0 10; Kennedy 0 1-2 1; Tillman 5 2-3 12; Wisner 2 0-0 4; Mitchell 5 0-0 10. Totals: 28 8-12 67.

Knights    13    14    6    6      —     39

Chiefs    21    8    13    25    —    67

Three pointers: Greenon 5 (Ant. Colletti 3, Carpenter, Green); Bellefontaine 3 (Gump 2, A. Gorham). Rebounds: Bellefontaine 26 (Gump 7). Assists: Bellefontaine 18 (Gump 10). Steals: Bellefontaine 7 (Tillman 4). Turnovers: Bellefontaine 11. Team fouls: Greenon 15; Bellefontaine 12.

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