Created on Saturday, 19 January 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Shawnee standout scores 29 in Braves’ win over BHS
Bellefontaine’s Tristin Tillman scores on a layup during the second half of Friday’s game at Springfield Shawnee. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
SPRINGFIELD — When his team needed a lift, Jaelin Williams provided it for host Springfield Shawnee on Friday.
Williams, a standout 6-5 senior guard, scored a game-high 29 points and made numerous big plays in the decisive fourth quarter to lead the Braves to a 54-47 win over Bellefontaine in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division boys basketball game.
It was the 10th straight win for Shawnee, which improves to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in league play. The Chiefs fall to 7-6, 2-4.
Williams scored 19 of his 29 points after halftime.
“Williams made plays for them in pressure situations,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “We need to have some guys step up and make plays when the game gets tight. When we make that step forward, we will grow as a team.”
Bellefontaine trailed by as many as 10 points during the first half and the Chiefs were down by eight at halftime (23-15).
The Chiefs chipped away at the Braves’ lead in the third quarter, closing to within two (29-27) with 2:35 remaining in the period.
Shawnee took a four-point advantage (33-29) into the fourth stanza.
The Braves increased their cushion to eight points (42-34) after a dunk by Williams at the 4:52 mark.
However, Bellefontaine did not go quietly.
The Chiefs reeled off a 9-2 run, capped by a Jake Kennedy three-pointer with 1:41 remaining, to cut Shawnee’s lead to just one point at 44-43.
Shawnee responded with a jumper by Williams for a three-point lead. The Braves then put the game away at the foul line in the final minute.
“We just dug ourselves too big of a hole and you can’t do that against a team like Shawnee,” said Stolly. “We had 10 turnovers in the first half. Our kids played with a lot of heart and fight in the second half, but we have to do that for a full 32 minutes.”
Bellefontaine shot 51 percent overall, but only 14 percent (1-of-7) from three-point range.
The Chiefs received stellar efforts from senior center Logan Mitchell and sophomore forward Max Oyer.
Mitchell scored a team-high 16 points and had six rebounds, while Oyer had 13 points.
“Logan is a wide body inside and he knows what to do when he gets the ball,” said Stolly. “He is doing everything we are asking of him, both offensively and defensively.”
Kennedy and Tristin Tillman each added seven points for the Chiefs and Shaff Gorham chipped in four points.
“I feel good about the effort tonight, but we are not looking for moral victories,” said Stolly. “We just have to find a way to finish in close games.”
Tincher added 10 points for the Braves.
Bellefontaine won in both the freshman and junior varsity contests Friday.
The freshman squad defeated the Braves 43-37 as Lane Wisner had 16 points for the winners.
Daniel Boy poured in 22 points to lead the Chiefs’ junior varsity team to a 53-41 win.
Bellefontaine returns to action Tuesday at Urbana.
SHAWNEE 54, BELLEFONTAINE 47
BELLEFONTAINE (7-6, 2-4)
Oyer 5 3-3 13; Kennedy 2 2-2 7; Tillman 3 1-2 7; Gorham 2 0-0 4; L. Mitchell 7 2-3 16. Totals: 19 8-10 47.
SHAWNEE (11-1, 6-0)
Tincher 2 5-6 10; Barnett 2 0-1 4; Greenwood 2 0-0 5; Williams 11 7-9 29; Nelson 2 0-0 4; Sawyer 1 0-2 2. Totals: 20 12-18 54.
Chiefs 4 11 14 18 — 47
Braves 9 14 10 21 — 54
Three pointers: Bellefontaine 1 (Kennedy); Shawnee 2 (Greenwood, Tincher). Rebounds: Bellefontaine 21 (L. Mitchell 6). Assists: Bellefontaine 11 (Tillman 4, Oyer 4). Steals: Bellefontaine 7. Turnovers: Bellefontaine 14. Team fouls: Bellefontaine 14; Shawnee 11.