The Bellefontaine freshman opened tournament play Tuesday against Tecumseh, winning 41-23. It was the second time in a week the Chiefs have hosted the Arrows.
Last Friday in their regular season finale, Bellefontaine won on the strength of their offensive play. Tecumseh’s strategy this time was to employ a stall offense to limit the Chiefs touches. While slightly successful, holding the winners to 17 points over the first two quarters, the Chiefs defense cranked up the intensity to dominate the game. Bellefontaine held the Arrows to just 4 points in the first half to build the double-digit lead, then regularly converted forced turnovers into buckets throughout the second half to maintain the large margin.
Andrew Mitchell led the Chiefs with 15 points. Lane Wisner added 8 while Aaron Wisner tossed in 7.
Head coach Mark Brunswick’s #1 seeded team has now won 15 of their last 16 games and is 15-3 on the season. The freshman now travel to Kenton Ridge High School to play Springfield Shawnee on Thursday at 6:00pm in the CBC tournament semifinals. The Chiefs and Braves split the regular season matchups; the Braves won early in the season 53-51 and the Chiefs taking the second contest 43-37. The winner will advance to the championship game against the winner of the other semifinal featuring Kenton Ridge vs. Urbana.