Updated: Chieftains shock top-seeded 'Climbers; Raiders, Tigers fall in tourney (Audio included)
2/25/2014 10:23:05 PM
By Tom Stephens and Bill Tipple
Bellefontaine ended a four-game losing streak against Urbana at just the right time as the Chieftains upset the top-seeded Hillclimbers Tuesday, 45-40, in the boys basketball Division II sectional semifinal at Springfield High School.
It was a measure of revenge for the Chiefs, as it was the ‘Climbers who ousted them in last year’s tourney.
Bellefontaine (15-8) never trailed in the game, grabbing a 10-4 lead after the first quarter. The Chieftains kept Urbana (18-6) at arm’s length the rest of the way, leading 19-12 at the half, and 27-24 heading into the fourth.
The Chieftains hit a hefty 48 percent from the field, popping in 13-of-27 shots from the floor and going 19-of-28 from the line.
(Left: Bellefontaine's A.J. Gorham inbounds the ball against Urbana Tuesday)
Bellefontaine standout Tristin Tillman, as he has all year, paced the Chieftains in the win, scoring 11 points and earning the Steve Austin’s Auto Group Player of the Game honors. Caleb Mitchell scored nine for the winners and Max Oyer and Daniel Boy each had eight points.
Dillon Knueven led the ‘Climbers with 14 points.
Listen to the complete postgame interview with BHS head coach Henry Stolly.
In the other Div. II sectional semifinal at Springfield H.S. Tuesday, Tipp City did it from long-range, hitting 10 three-pointers in a 67-40 win over Benjamin Logan.
The two seniors on Benjamin Logan’s team, Austin Ahle and Dalton Greene, shared the Steve Austin’s Auto Group Player of the Game award. Greene led the Raiders with seven points, while Ahle had six. The Raiders end their season with a 10-13 record.
Nathan Shirley had 16 points and four three-pointers for the Red Devils, while teammate Ben Stucke had 14 points.
The win sets up a highly-anticipated rematch between the second-seeded Red Devils and CBC Kenton Trail Division rival Bellefontaine. The Chieftains and Red Devils will meet for the sectional title at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Springfield High School.
In the Div. III sectional at Tippecanoe High School, Dayton Stivers knocked West Liberty-Salem out of the tourney with a 70-51 win.
Stivers jumped out to a 43-22 halftime lead.
Ben Burden paced the Tigers with 15 points. Connor Woods added 10.
WLS went 8-15 under first-year head coach Darrin Leichty.
The Riverside boys will be in action Wednesday at Piqua High School, as the Pirates will take on Ft. Loramie in the Div. IV sectionals. The Pirates made it to Wednesday’s game by edging Mississinawa Valley, 41-39, this past weekend.
Indian Lake will battle Dayton Carroll Wednesday in a Division II sectional semifinal matchup at 7:30. You can hear live coverage from Springfield on 98.3 WPKO.
Division IV at Piqua:
Jackson Center stifled Lehman 49-38.
The Tigers held the Cavs to 11 points in the second half. Lehman scored one point in the final five-and-a-half minutes.
Freshman Brady Wildermuth led JC with 14 points.
Russia bounced Botkins 60-40.
The top-seeded Raiders will play Jackson Center for the sectional title Friday at 7:00.