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High-powered Taft squad awaits Chiefs in district championship game

Bellefontaine’s boys basketball team relied on its defense to knock off the top two seeds in the sectional tournament. The Chiefs now must find a way to slow down a potent Cincinnati Taft squad in the district championship round.

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Seth Hill looks to past the ball for Bellefontaine against Kettering Alter in a game in March, 2007, at the University of Dayton. That was the last time the Chiefs played in the district championship. They will end their drought Friday when they meet Cincinnati Taft at UD. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Bellefontaine will play in its first district final since 2007 when it battles Taft at 9 p.m. Friday inside the University of Dayton Arena.

Winners of the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference, the Senators (17-6) are scoring 70 points per game.

“Their style is up-tempo,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “They want to pressure you defensively and score off your mistakes. They like to strike quickly with fastbreak opportunities. They are very good at getting the ball to the rim.”

The Chiefs and Senators had a common opponent in the regular season, and the results were drastically different. They both played Thurgood Marshall, with Bellefontaine losing 66-30 and Taft winning 54-49.

Although Bellefontaine has a major challenge on its hands, Stolly believes his squad is ready to rise to the occasion.

“So far, the bigger the stage for our team, the better we have performed,” said the Chieftain head coach.

 

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