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Chiefs wilt against Cougars’ pressure

DAYTON — Instead of five against five, Bellefontaine’s boys basketball team had to feel like it was playing against seven or eight defenders here Saturday night.

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Bellefontaine’s Jarrod Houchin drives against a Thurgood Marshall player during Saturday’s game in Dayton. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Host Thurgood Marshall, ranked fifth in last week’s Division II state poll, overwhelmed Bellefontaine early on with its relentless full-court pressure defense and raced to a 66-30 non-league victory.

Bellefontaine (7-3) committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter, had 19 in the first half and 28 overall.

“You can’t simulate their quickness,” said BHS coach Henry Stolly. “We felt that the biggest key to the game was going to be taking care of the ball. We didn’t do that and we dug ourselves a big hole. You can’t afford to do that against a team the caliber of Thurgood Marshall.”

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