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Tigers, Chiefs to reunite on basketball court

WL-Salem hosts BHS in non-league showdown Saturday

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Bellefontaine’s Matt Gump drives against West Liberty-Salem’s Ben Rutan during the 2009-10 season. The Chiefs and Tigers will reunite on the hardwood Saturday at WL-Salem. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Although the schools are separated by less than 10 miles, West Liberty-Salem and Bellefontaine have rarely met in boys basketball.

When the Chiefs and Tigers began a four-game series in 2006, they had not played each other since 1933.

Bellefontaine won all four of the recent matchups. After a two-year break, the series resumes Saturday night at WL-Salem.

“The single reason why we wanted to play this game is our kids know how good Bellefontaine’s program is and a lot of our kids know their kids,” said WL-Salem head coach Aaron Hollar. “It is a great opportunity to see how we match up against one of the better teams in our area.”

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