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Chiefs still have no answer for Hillclimbers

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Bellefontaine’s Max Oyer puts the ball up in front of Urbana’s Nathan Mays during Saturday’s Division II sectional tournament game at Springfield High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

SPRINGFIELD — Like the first time the two teams met, Bellefontaine could not figure out a way to crack Urbana’s defense here Saturday.

The Chiefs, who lost to Urbana 35-24 during the regular season, shot just 25 percent from the field en route to a 31-25 loss in a Division II sectional opener at Springfield High School.

“You have to give credit to Urbana. They held us in check,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “We knew it would be a low-scoring game between two solid defensive teams.”

Baskets were at a premium in the methodical, half-court battle. The score was tied 4-4 at the end of the first quarter and Urbana led 9-8 at halftime.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well and we didn’t have enough balanced scoring between our inside and outside games,” said Stolly. “They were focused on keeping us out of the lane and we didn’t have a whole lot of touches in the paint.”

The Chiefs’ Matt Gump went on a personal 4-0 spurt at the start of the third quarter to put the Chiefs ahead 12-9, but Urbana answered with a 7-0 run and never trailed again.

The Hillclimbers led 16-15 at the end of the third period.

Bellefontaine knotted the score at 16-16 early in the final quarter on a free throw by Max Oyer. Tristan Singer countered with a three-pointer for Urbana and the Hillclimbers gradually added to their lead from there.

Urbana led by as many as nine points in the final minutes.

“It came down to Urbana making a little push early in the fourth quarter and we couldn’t catch up,” said Stolly. “We had some good looks, but we just couldn’t get shots to fall.”

Bellefontaine finished 7-of-28 from the field.

Gump led the Chiefs with 13 points and Oyer added five points.

Singer was the high scorer for Urbana with 13 points.

Injuries and inconsistent play resulted in an up-and-down season for the Chiefs, who wrapped up their campaign with a 12-11 record.

Stolly was pleased, though, with the efforts of his four-man senior class. Saturday’s game was the final outing for Gump, Brett Wisner, Shaff Gorham and Logan Mitchell.

“Our seniors have done a great job for us and they will be sorely missed,” said Stolly. “They put a lot of dedication into the program. I am extremely proud of those guys.”

Urbana (17-6) advances to play Tippecanoe in the semifinal round Wednesday.

URBANA 31, BELLEFONTAINE 25

URBANA (17-6)

Singer 4 4-6 13; Mays 0 3-4 3; Johns 1 4-4 6; Knueven 1 0-0 2; Wright 1 2-2 5; LeVan 1 0-2 2. Totals: 8 13-18 31.

BELLEFONTAINE (12-11)

Gump 3 6-6 13; A. Gorham 1 0-0 2; Oyer 1 3-5 5; Mitchell 1 0-0 2; Tillman 1 1-2 3. Totals: 7 10-13 25.

Hillclimbers    4    5    7    15  — 31

Chiefs    4    4    7    10    —    25

Three pointers: Urbana 2 (Singer, Wright); Bellefontaine 1 (Gump). Rebounds: 18. Assists: Bellefontaine 2. Steals: Bellefontaine 7 (Tillman 3). Turnovers: Bellefontaine 7. Team fouls: Urbana 12; Bellefontaine 16.