The Bellefontaine varsity boys basketball team snapped a three-game skid and defeated visiting Dayton Stebbins 60-47 Friday night on WBLL.
The Chiefs honored their 1973 boys state team (pictured) moments before tip-off.
Several of the players and cheerleaders from the regional championship team attended.
A large crowd serenaded them with a standing ovation.
The team was coached by Hall of Famer Will Collins.
The late coach's wife, Karen, joined the team for the reunion at midcourt.
The celebration seemed to spark the current varsity team.
Despite losing starting guard AJ Gorham to a hand injury earlier this week, the hosts used their inside game to jump out to a 19-7 lead after the opening quarter.
Bellefontaine extended the lead to 31-17 at the half.
The Chiefs pushed the lead to 18 twice in the third quarter.
The Indians never got any closer than nine.
BHS led 45-31 after three quarters.
The Indians made a couple of runs in the fourth quarter, but Bellefontaine continued to attack the interior to seal the game.
Senior center Logan Mitchell poured in a career-high 19 points. He was named the Steve Austin's Player of the Game.
Sophomore guard Tristin Tillman delivered his best performance of the season with 12 points. Classmate Max Oyer also scored 12.
For Stebbins, junior Malik Thurman game off the bench and poured in a team-high 15 points. Senior guard Brandon West added 10.
Listen to Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly reflect on the win.
Bellefontaine is 6-5 overall and 2-3 in the CBC. They will host Marysville Tuesday on WBLL.
The Indians are 3-9, 0-5.
Indian Lake Gets Gutty Win at Benjamin Logan
Indian Lake took everything that was thrown at them Friday night and still won a thrilling game against rival Benjamin Logan 54-48 on 98.3 WPKO.
The Lakers overcame a later than normal varsity start, playing on the road and seeing two of their players injured including one serious injury that delayed the game 45 minutes and still found a way to get their 2nd win of the season.
Benjamin Logan grabbed an early 7-4 lead in the first quarter before Indian Lake finished the frame with a 9-3 run to lead 13-9. Christian Grider got off to a quick start scoring the Lakers first 7 points.
In the second quarter Indian Lake pushed their lead to 5 at 15-10. Then the Raiders started chipping away and would eventually take the lead at 24-22 only to see the Lakers score the final 5 points of the half for a 27-24 lead at the break.
In the first half Indian Lake's Cole Wurster collided with a Benjamin Logan player and was helped off the floor to be further evaluated. It was then determined that he should go to the local hospital where he would be examined for a possible concussion.
The third quarter was were things turned weird. Trailing 32-26 Benjamin Logan called a timeout. Out of the break Dalton Greene drove the paint and hit a shot, but immediately after the bucket he grabbed his head and began bleeding. He suffered a cut above his right eyebrow. After a brief delay he was taken to the locker room. Moments later Indian Lake was driving down the floor and threw a pass to Ivan Reichert down on the baseline. When he jumped for the tipped pass he landed awkwardly on his left knee which immediately buckled and Reichert went to the floor in pain. As the trainers worked on Reichert it was decided that an ambulance was needed for the injury. During that time a fan in the stands collapsed from heat-related injuries and she too needed the paramedics. With 4:20 left in the third quarter both teams and fans sat stunned and concerned for two people in the gym. 45 minutes later both the lady in the stands and Ivan Reichert were taken out of the gym and both teams then had to find a way to refocus on playing basketball. (It was later reported that Reichert suffered a separated knee. It was put back into place at the hospital and he is due to see a specialist soon.)
After a three-minute warmup it was back to basketball. Benjamin Logan surged ahead by the end of the third quarter 36-34. The Raiders then would seem to gain momentum in the fourth quarter, but Indian Lake wasn't out of gas. The Lakers would take advantage of turnovers and missed free throws by the Raiders and pulled out a 54-48 win.
The Lakers were led by Christian Grider's 18 points and Jalon Tuttle's 10. The Lakers shot 20-29 from the charity stripe, including 6 of 8 in the final 2:00 of the game.
Benjamin Logan got 14 from Austin Ahle. The Raiders were 13-24 from the free throw line for 54%.
Indian Lake is now (2-9) (2-2) while the Raiders lost their 8th straight to fall to (3-10) (1-3).
Mechanicsburg earned a victory against OHC rival West Liberty-Salem 63-49.
The host Indians raced to a 35-18 halftime lead.
It was the first league loss for the Tigers (10-3, 7-1).
Landon Hormann paced WLS with 15 points. You can hear the Tigers host Urbana Tuesday on 98.3 WPKO.
In another OHC matchup, Triad defeated Springfield Catholic 71-64.
Riverside downed Marion Catholic 70-28.
The Pirates enjoyed a 36-17 halftime lead.
Five players finished in double figures.
Dalton Bollinger poured in 21, Landon Kelsey and Tanner Lane each scored 12, Jacob Herron tossed in 11, and Grant Miller added 10.
The Pirates are 2-7 overall and 1-2 in the NWCC.
Ridgemont outscored Lima Perry 72-62.
Lima Temple Christian defeated Fairbanks 51-46.
Upper Scioto Valley handled Waynesfield-Goshen 58-40.
Tipp City knocked off Kenton Ridge 61-57.
In a key CBC matchup, Springfield Shawnee defeated Tecumseh 58-49.
The Braves moved into first place with a 4-0 league record. The Arrows are 4-1.
Graham edged rival Urbana 54-52.
The Falcons lead the CBC Mad River at 3-0; Urbana is 3-1 in league action.
Anna upset host Fairlawn 70-60.
The Rockets won their fourth straight to move to 4-8. They will visit top-ranked St. Henry Saturday night.
The Jets are 9-3.
Jackson Center nipped host Houston 41-39.
Russia surprised Botkins 54-53.
Ft. Loramie beat Lehman 47-43.
Kenton shot past Lima Shawnee 58-47. The Wildcats are 9-3.
Marysville defeated Hilliard Davidson 62-52.
Ada got past Allen East 54-49.
Wapakoneta slipped past Celina 52-48.
Greenville blitzed Sidney 96-71.
New Knoxville outlasted Marion Local 56-49 in overtime.
New Bremen stifled Coldwater 52-38.