Chiefs hold off feisty Falcons for 3-point win

ST. PARIS — Bellefontaine’s boys basketball team was challenged until the final buzzer here against a two-win Graham team Monday night.


Bellefontaine’s Jarrod Houchin is fouled by Graham’s Blake Hoblit as he goes to the basket during the first half of Monday’s game at Graham. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

The Chiefs led by eight points in the second half, but the host Falcons did not go quietly. Graham got within two points with 26 seconds remaining.

It was not until Bellefontaine’s A.J. Gorham stole an inbound pass with 2.2 seconds left that the Chiefs could breathe a sigh of relief.

Trailing by three points, Graham came out of a timeout trying to set up a three-point shot to tie the game, but Gorham jumped in front of the ensuing inbound toss to preserve a 46-43 Bellefontaine victory.

“Give Graham a lot of credit. They played with a lot of confidence and a lot of fight,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “When you play local teams like Graham, you can throw the records out. They were scrappy and they were able to make a play every time we were able to extend the lead a little.”

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