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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.


Benjamin Logan unable to keep pace with Trotwood-Madison in tournament opener

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Benjamin Logan’s Austin Ahle drives to the basket during Saturday’s sectional tournament game against Trotwood-Madison in Springfield. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

SPRINGFIELD — Benjamin Logan hung around with top-seeded Trotwood-Madison for a half here Saturday, but could not keep the explosive Rams in check during the final two quarters.

Ben Logan trailed Trotwood 16-10 after one quarter and 36-22 at halftime.

The Rams kicked their game into overdrive in the second half, outscoring the Raiders 50-29 to roll to an 86-51 victory in a Division II boys sectional opener at Springfield High School.

“We talked coming into the game about giving good effort, and I thought our guys did that,” said Ben Logan head coach Dave Myers. “They represented themselves well today.”

Ben Logan suffered 24 turnovers against a Rams’ defense that employed a stifling full-court press.

“We tried to simulate their press in practice,” said Myers. “We had seven guys out there at once playing defense to try to get a taste of what we would see, but they are just so long and athletic. They had 6-3 and 6-4 guys on our guards, and that was tough to deal with.”

The winners of the Greater Western Ohio Conference North division this winter, the Rams (20-3) put on an offensive highlight show that featured a wide array of dunks.

Jamar Hammonds, a 6-4 senior guard, led the Rams with a game-high 27 points and Dazhonatae Bennett, a 6-2 junior guard, had 23 points.

Eleven different players scored points for the Rams.

“I thought we did some good things at times, but they were just better than us,” said Myers.

Austin Ahle led the Raiders with 14 points and Blaine Ricketts also hit double figures with 10 points. Dalton Greene tallied nine points, Tanner Rader had eight points and Jordan Sosby chipped in six points.

Ben Logan finished the season with a record of 4-19.

Myers is confident the Raiders can get things turned around going into next season.

“Since I’ve been here, I have said that we have really good kids here and we do,” said Myers. “But we have to get better. I feel like the group of guys we have coming back are willing to put in the hard work in the off-season that it is going to take to get better.”

Trotwood-Madison advances to play Northwestern in the sectional semifinals Tuesday.

TROTWOOD-MADISON 86 BEN LOGAN 51

BEN LOGAN (4-19)

Horton 0 1-2 1; Sosby 2 2-4 6; Rader 2 3-4 8; Ricketts 3 4-4 10; Saylor 1 1-2 3; Ahle 5 4-4 14; Greene 4 1-4 9. Totals: 17 16-24 51.

T-MADISON (20-3)

Foster 3 0-0 6; Mack 1 3-3 5; Bennett 11 1-2 23; Hammonds 11 4-6 27; Howell 2 0-3 4; Winn 3 3-5 9; Mallory 0 0-2 0; Crenshaw 2 1-1 5; Lucas 0 0-1 0; Lovett 2 0-0 4; Wilson 1 0-0 2; McGuire 0 1-2 1. Totals: 36 13-25 86.

Raiders    10    12    12    17    —     51

Rams    16    20    30    20    —    86

Three pointers: Ben Logan 1 (Sosby); Trotwood 1 (Hammonds).Team fouls: Ben Logan 17; Trotwood 19.


Braves’ second-half surge wipes out Lakers

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Indian Lake’s Christian Grider puts up a shot as Springfield Shawnee’s Jaelin Williams, right, looks on during Saturday’s sectional tournament game in Springfield. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Shawnee showed in the second half here Saturday against Indian Lake why it won 20 games in the regular season.

Indian Lake was within striking distance at halftime, trailing by eight points (24-16).

However, the second-seeded Braves used a 42-15 run over the third and fourth quarters to run away for a 66-31 victory in a Division II boys sectional tournament game at Springfield High School.

“In the first half, we were able to push them to the sidelines and make them shoot jumpers,” said Indian Lake head coach David Starr. “They were able to get into the lane and took advantage of their size and strength in the second half.”

The Lakers were able to get Shawnee star Jaelin Williams into foul trouble in the first half. Williams was whistled with two early fouls and had to sit for several minutes.

Indian Lake was able to take advantage of Williams’ foul situation. The score was tied 14-14 with 4:52 left in the first half and the Lakers trailed by just three points (19-16) with three minutes left until halftime.

The Braves (21-2) finished the half with five straight points to push their advantage to eight.

Shawnee carried over their momentum in the second half. The Braves outscored the Lakers 24-8 in the third quarter for a 48-24 lead.

The Braves, who won the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division title this winter, continued to pad their lead in the final stanza.

“We had a hard time making shots,” said Starr. “Shawnee is long and athletic, and they had a lot to do with that.”

Jaden Greenwood led Shawnee with a game-high 19 points, including five three-pointers. Williams finished with 17 points.

Christian Grider had a team-high 13 points for the Lakers. Jalon Tuttle added nine points.

The Lakers won just six games this season, but Starr was pleased with the progress he saw. His team won three of its final five regular-season contests.

“I am very proud of our guys,” said Starr. “We’ve talked a lot about what it takes to get better. One of the things we have to continue to work on is our skill level. You have to be able to pass, dribble and shoot if you want to compete with the top teams in our conference. Once we improve our skill level we will be more competitive.”

Shawnee advances to play Greenon in the sectional semifinal round Wednesday.

SPRING. SHAWNEE 66, INDIAN LAKE 31

INDIAN LAKE (6-17)

Tuttle 3 3-6 9; Hulbert 0 0-1 0; Grider 5 3-5 13; Lump 1 0-0 3; Wurster 1 0-0 2; Roby 2 0-0 4. Totals: 12 6-12 31.

SHAWNEE (21-2)

Tincher 1 0-0 2; Satterfield 1 0-0 2; Young 1 0-0 2; Barnett 2 0-0 4; Greenwood 7 0-0 19; Williams 8 1-1 17; Nelson 2 1-2 5; Sawyer 6 0-0 12; Elliott 1 1-1 3. Totals: 29 3-4 66.

Lakers    7    9    8    7      —     31

Braves    11    13    24    18    —    66

Three pointers: Indian Lake 1 (Lump); Shawnee 5 (Greenwood 5). Team fouls: Indian Lake 12; Shawnee 12.

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