Another league showdown awaits Chiefs

Bellefontaine Chiefs

Bellefontaine pulled off a big league win Monday over Springfield Shawnee. With Tecumseh and its 9-1 record up next, the Chiefs don’t have time to celebrate.

The Arrows, who are 2-1 in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division, have won six straight games entering Friday’s contest at Bellefontaine.

By beating Shawnee the Chiefs (6-1, 3-0) are the lone remaining unbeaten team in the Kenton Trail division.

“Our guys will be excited to get back to business,” said BHS head coach Henry Stolly after Monday’s win over the Braves. “This group does a good job of not being satisfied. They are able to take it one game at a time. I’m not worried about this team losing its hunger.”

Friday’s game will pit the Kenton Trail division’s top offensive team against the division’s top defensive team. The Arrows are averaging a KT-best 63 points per game, while the Chiefs are first in the division in points allowed at 40.3.

“Tecumseh is extremely talented,” said Stolly. “They have two of the best guards in the Central Buckeye Conference. They also have some athletic players in the post. They are a really solid ball club all the way around.”

The Arrows have a balanced offensive attack. Dalton Davis, a 5-9 senior guard, leads the squad in scoring at 16.2 points per game. Josiah McFarland, a 6-4 senior forward, is averaging a double-double with 12.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest.

Another potent weapon for Tecumseh is six-foot sophomore Malik Quisenberry, who is scoring nine points per game.

“Davis and Quisenberry are both dangerous,” said Stolly. “They can shoot from the outside and take you off the dribble as well.”

Tecumseh likes to push the pace on offense. The Arrows scored 96 points in a win over Sidney on Saturday.

“They can really hurt you in transition if you are slow getting back on defense,” said Stolly. “We have to make sure we account for their shooters in transition.”

Tecumseh’s lone loss came in a 52-48 defeat to Tippecanoe on Dec. 13.

GAME NOTE: Because of Ohio State playing in the Orange Bowl on Friday night, the CBC has moved up the starting times for Friday’s basketball games. The freshman contest between Tecumseh and BHS tips at 3 p.m., with the junior varsity game to begin around 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game to start at approximately 6 p.m.