Created on Saturday, 09 February 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
The three-point arc has been very kind to the Tecumseh boys basketball team this season.
Bellefontaine’s Matt Gump tries to get a shot up in front of a Tecumseh player during Friday’s game at Bellefontaine. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
The Arrows came into Friday’s game having shot 334 three-pointers, making a very respectable 39 percent of those attempts.
“We have lived and died by the three-pointer this year,” said Tecumseh head coach Roger Culbertson.
Tecumseh continued to thrive from three-point range Friday against host Bellefontaine. The Arrows drilled 10 threes en route to a 45-37 victory in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division game.
The Arrows are now 17-3 overall and 7-2 in the CBC Kenton Trail. The Chiefs fall to 10-9, 3-6.
“You have to give Tecumseh credit,” said BHS coach Henry Stolly. “They shot the ball very well from three-point range. Their shooting was the difference in the game.”
Only four of the Arrows’ 14 field goals came from inside the three-point stripe. Tecumseh shot 20 threes and made half of them.
Tecumseh hit six long-range baskets in the first half in getting out to a 25-21 halftime lead.
“It was really important to get off to a good start,” said Culbertson. “Bellefontaine can put a death grip on you with their defense, so it was nice to come out and hit some shots.”
Two more three-pointers at the start of the third quarter put the Arrows up 10 points at 31-21.
Bellefontaine then went on its best stretch of the night to climb back into the game. The Chiefs rattled off eight straight points to cut their deficit to three (31-28) with 2:42 remaining in the third period.
Tecumseh was able to push its lead to five at the end of the third quarter and a three-pointer by Dalton Davis at the start of the fourth quarter put the Arrows ahead by eight (38-30).
Bellefontaine closed to within four points (41-37) with 1:15 remaining, but the Chiefs did not score again.
The Chiefs shot just 2-of-10 from the field in the fourth quarter and finished 14-of-37 (38 percent) overall.
“We went cold in the fourth quarter,” said Stolly. “They went to a bit of a different defense and that slowed us down. We just couldn’t get over the hump in the second half.”
Stolly was hoping to send his four seniors out with a win in their last home game, but it was not meant to be against the hot shooting Arrows.
“I was going to be proud of our seniors regardless of the outcome,” said Stolly. “They have led by example all season. They are all quality young men.”
Senior center Logan Mitchell led Bellefontaine with 10 points. Sophomore forward Max Oyer had eight points and 12 rebounds and Matt Gump and Jake Kennedy added six points each.
“I thought Max played very well on the boards,” said Stolly. “He played with a lot of energy.”
Davis led the Arrows with a game-high 14 points.
In the junior varsity game, Bellefontaine won 41-26. Daniel Boy led the Chiefs with 23 points.
Bellefontaine won the freshman contest 54-22. Jacob Rogan paced Bellefontaine with 24 points.
Bellefontaine returns to action Tuesday at Elida.
TECUMSEH 45, BELLEFONTAINE 37
TECUMSEH (17-3, 7-2)
Wardley 3 0-0 9; Davis 3 5-6 14; McFarland 3 1-2 7; Winans-Berner 3 1-2 10; Quisenberry 1 0-1 2; Clark 1 0-2 3. Totals: 14 7-13 45.
BELLEFONTAINE (10-9, 3-6)
Gump 2 0-0 6; Oyer 3 2-4 8; Kennedy 2 0-0 6; Tillman 0 2-2 2; Wisner 1 0-0 2; S. Gorham 1 0-0 3; L. Mitchell 5 0-0 10. Totals: 14 4-6 37.
Arrows 12 13 10 10 — 45
Chiefs 13 8 9 7 — 37
Three pointers: Tecumseh 10 (Winans-Berner 3, Davis 3, Wardley 3, Clark); Bellefontaine 5 (Gump 2, Kennedy 2, S. Gorham). Rebounds: Bellefontaine 22 (Oyer 12). Assists: Bellefontaine 11 (Tillman 4). Steals: Bellefontaine 9. Turnovers: Tecumseh 11; Bellefontaine 8. Team fouls: Tecumseh 11; Bellefontaine 14.