Created on Saturday, 08 December 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Offensive lulls hamper Chiefs in loss to Braves
By MATT HAMMOND
Examiner Sports Editor
Bellefontaine’s Matt Gump, right, dribbles against Springfield Shawnee’s Jaelin Williams during Friday’s game at Bellefontaine High School. The senior standouts attracted 10 college coaches to the contest (Examiner Photo/Matt Hammond)
Like a bad cold, Bellefontaine was unable to shake Springfield Shawnee on Friday.
The host Chiefs led for the first 29 minutes of the game, but the Braves closed with a flourish to grab a 46-39 win in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division boys basketball game.
Bellefontaine (0-2 overall, 0-1 in the CBC) held a 30-23 lead with 6:38 remaining.
Shawnee dominated from there, ending the game on a 23-9 run.
“Early on, we had to hit some shots just to stay in the game,” said Shawnee head coach Chris McGuire. “We thought if we kept it close we could eventually get over the hump.”
In a repeat of last week’s season opener against Celina, Bellefontaine’s offense went cold in the final quarter.
“We just did not execute well down the stretch,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “We turned the ball over in some key situations and made some poor decisions.”
In a grinding defensive battle, Shawnee relied on its foul shooting to turn the tide.
The Braves, the defending CBC Kenton Trail champions, hit all 14 of their free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
For the night, Shawnee scored 24 points from the field and 22 at the charity stripe.
“Free throws were huge,” said McGuire. “We started out poor, but we were able to make them when we really needed it. We had numerous guys knock them down. Up to this point, we have not been a good free-throw shooting team, so that was a good sign.”
Friday’s game featured a much-anticipated matchup of standout senior guards. At least 10 college coaching staffs were represented in the crowd as the Braves’ Jaelin Williams went head-to-head with the Chiefs’ Matt Gump.
Gump scored a game-high 23 points, while Williams, the reigning Kenton Trail division player of the year, scored six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help spark the Shawnee comeback.
“Gump is a great player,” said McGuire. “He gave us a lot of trouble at times.”
Bellefontaine led 12-5 after one quarter and later took a 17-13 lead into the halftime locker room.
The Chiefs led by six (23-17) midway through the third quarter, but Shawnee cut the lead to two points (25-23) at the end of the period.
A three-pointer by Jake Kennedy and a free throw each from Gump and A.J. Gorham put Bellefontaine up by seven points early in the fourth quarter.
But Shawnee (2-1, 1-0) then reeled off an 11-2 run to jump in front. The Braves took their first lead of the night on a Jaden Greenwood three-pointer with 2:35 left in the game.
Bellefontaine knotted the score up on two Gump free throws.
Williams and Gump then traded two free throws each to tie the score at 36-36 at the 2:06 mark.
Shawnee followed with eight straight successful foul shots to take control.
“We played much better in the first half,” said Stolly. “They shot 24 free throws in the second half. It is hard to beat a team when they are just standing there shooting free throws. It was a carbon copy of the second half against Celina.”
Bellefontaine did not have much offensive support for Gump. The rest of the team combined for just 16 points.
“I am not so much concerned about who the points are coming from as much as I am with where we are getting our shots,” said Stolly. “I think we will have guys step up as the season goes on.”
Kennedy had five points for the Chiefs and Tristin Tillman and Brett Wisner each had four points.
In the junior varsity game, Bellefontaine won 48-38. Daniel Boy led the Chiefs with 12 points and Trey Price added 11 points.
Shawnee edged the Chiefs 53-51 in the freshman game. Lane Wisner had 18 points and Jacob Rogan scored 15 for Bellefontaine.
The Chiefs return to action Tuesday at home against Greenon.
SHAWNEE 46, BELLEFONTAINE 39
SHAWNEE (2-1, 2-0)
Tincher 1 8-8 11; Satterfield 1 0-0 3; Young 0 2-4 2; Greenwood 3 2-2 10; Williams 4 4-6 12; Nelson 1 2-2 4; Sawyer 0 2-4 2; Elliott 0 2-2 2. Totals: 10 22-28 46.
BELLEFONTAINE (0-2, 0-1)
Gump 7 5-6 23; Gorham 0 1-3 1; Oyer 1 0-0 2; Kennedy 2 0-0 5; Tillman 2 0-0 4; Wisner 2 0-1 4. Totals: 14 6-10 39.
Braves 5 8 10 23 — 46
Chiefs 12 5 8 14 — 39
Three pointers: Shawnee 4 (Greenwood 2, Tincher, Satterfield); Bellefontaine 5 (Gump 4, Kennedy). Rebounds: Bellefontaine 15 (Oyer 6). Assists: Bellefontaine 4 (Gump 2). Steals: Bellefontaine 7. Turnovers: Bellefontaine 15. Team fouls: Shawnee 13; Bellefontaine 22.