Defense, Mitchell help Chiefs slow Tigers

West Liberty-Salem found out how difficult it can be to get into a flow offensively against an athletic Bellefontaine defense Saturday night.


Bellefontaine’s Daniel Boy looks to make a move as West Liberty-Salem’s Kannon Stillings defends during Saturday’s game at Bellefontaine. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The Tigers held their own for much of the night, but were plagued by 17 turnovers as host Bellefontaine came away with a 62-50 win in a local non-league boys basketball contest.

“We had a hard time doing what we wanted to do,” said WL-Salem head coach Darrin Leichty. “We had to change some things up offensively as the game went along. Bellefontaine is long and athletic, and they gave us some problems.”

The other key factor was the inside play of Bellefontaine’s 6-5 junior center Caleb Mitchell. He scored a season-high 20 points.

“We wanted to focus on getting the ball into Caleb,” said BHS head coach Henry Stolly. “We felt like he had a size mismatch inside and we wanted to take advantage of it. Caleb stepped up and played one of the best games of his career.

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