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Chieftains slide back to the pack

Loss to Shawnee creates 3-way tie atop Kenton Trail standings

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Bellefontaine’s Max Oyer takes the ball to the basket during Monday’s home game against Springfield Shawnee. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

Bellefontaine’s one-game lead in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division standings was wiped out by a dismal start Monday night.

The Chiefs fell behind 14 points to visiting Springfield Shawnee at halftime and trailed by as many as 19 in the second half.

A furious comeback in the fourth quarter saw Bellefontaine tie the game with three minutes to play, but the home team went cold again down the stretch to suffer a 53-47 loss.

“I was proud of the effort to fight back in the second half, but we expended a lot of energy and didn’t have much left at the end,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “We just dug ourselves too big of a hole, and you can’t do that against a quality team like Shawnee.”

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