Created on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Chiefs manage only 24 points
Bellefontaine’s Logan Mitchell pulls down a rebound during Tuesday’s game at Urbana High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
URBANA — There was nothing tricky about Urbana’s defensive game plan against Bellefontaine on Tuesday, but it was highly effective.
The host Hillclimbers used an aggressive man-to-man defense to stifle the Chiefs 35-24 in a Central Buckeye Conference crossover boys basketball game.
With the score tied 22-22 after three quarters, Urbana outscored Bellefontaine 13-2 in the final period.
“We did not do a good job taking care of the basketball in the fourth quarter,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “Give Urbana credit. They did a good job locking down on us.”
Urbana began the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run to grab control of the game.
The Chiefs’ only bucket of the last period came on a Jake Kennedy putback at the 2:36 mark.
“I thought our guys did a good job of executing our game plan defensively,” said Urbana head coach Jeremy Dixon. “It seemed like our energy increased as the game went on.”
Bellefontaine’s offense could not find anything to counter the Urbana defense in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs went six straight possessions at one point without getting a shot up.
“We made some turnovers out top and they turned those into easy baskets on the other end,” said Stolly. “They got a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter, and in a game like this, a six-point lead felt like a 12- or 15-point lead.”
The Chiefs had 15 turnovers on the night.
“We have had too many turnovers the last couple of games,” said Stolly. “We have to handle the ball better.”
Urbana (11-3) led 10-4 after one quarter and 15-14 at halftime.
The Chiefs scored the first five points of the third quarter to grab a four-point cushion (19-15).
Urbana struck back to tie the score at the end of the third period.
“We didn’t finish well in the third quarter and that carried over into the fourth quarter,” said Stolly.
Tristan Singer led Urbana with a game-high 20 points. He scored 11 of his team’s 13 fourth-quarter points.
Only four players scored for Bellefontaine. Logan Mitchell had 10 points, Max Oyer scored eight points, Brett Wisner had four and Kennedy chipped in with two.
It was the second straight loss for Bellefontaine, which dropped to 7-7 on the season.
“We just have to get back to work and keep getting better,” said Stolly.
Bellefontaine’s freshman and reserve teams picked up wins Tuesday.
The freshman squad defeated the Hillclimbers 46-27. Jacob Rogan led the Chiefs with 18 points.
In the junior varsity contest, Bellefontaine won 40-36. Daniel Boy scored a team-high 19 points for the winners.
Bellefontaine returns to action Friday at home against Kenton Ridge.
URBANA 35BELLEFONTAINE 24
Oyer 4 0-0 8; Kennedy 1 0-0 2; Wisner 2 0-0 4; Mitchell 3 4-4 10. Totals: 10 4-4 24.
Singer 7 4-5 20; Mays 2 1-2 5; Johns 1 0-0 3; Knueven 1 0-0 3; Wright 2 0-2 4. Totals: 13 5-9 35.
Chiefs 4 10 8 2 — 24
Hillclimbers 10 5 7 13 — 35
Three pointers: Urbana 4 (Singer 2, Johns, Knueven). Rebounds: Bellefontaine 15 (L. Mitchell 5. Assists: Bellefontaine 6. Steals: Bellefontaine 5 (Oyer 4). Turnovers: Bellefontaine 15. Team fouls: Bellefontaine 10; Urbana 5.