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Confident Lakers have Chiefs’ full attention


Bellefontaine’s Max Oyer puts the ball up against Indian Lake’s Ivan Reichert during last season’smeeting between the two Logan County squads. They meet again Saturday at Indian Lake. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

Off to a 1-4 start, Bellefontaine’s boys basketball team is searching for confidence. That is something Indian Lake has already found.

The Lakers, who have been very impressive in building a 3-2 record, look to keep their momentum rolling Saturday when they welcome the Chiefs for a Logan County battle.

“One thing you always know when Bellefontaine and Indian Lake play is the kids on both sides will be on the top of their games,” said Indian Lake head coach David Starr. “When we hand out the schedules every year, the first thing the kids do is look for where the Bellefontaine game is. This is a great game for both schools and for both communities.”

A senior-dominated Bellefontaine team was expected to be clicking at this point, while growing pains were thought to become a early-season hurdle for the Lakers.

However, those roles have been reversed. 

Playing without senior point guard Tristin Tillman because of a knee injury, Bellefontaine has yet to get everyone on the same page.

Meanwhile, Indian Lake has jelled quicker than many expected.

“Our young guys have meshed well with our older guys,” said Starr. “We have a young team and I felt it was going to take a couple of games under our belts to get comfortable. Our guys have done a good job of coming together and filling their roles. I feel good about the direction we are going.”

Indian Lake began its season with a 60-54 victory over Benjamin Logan. Following a 61-46 loss to a very talented Jackson Center squad, the Lakers opened a lot of eyes by going to Tecumseh and notching a 64-58 victory.

The Lakers then suffered a 68-65 double-overtime loss to Urbana, but bounced back Monday to rout Graham 77-60.

“This is a very good team,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly of the Lakers. “They are very well-coached and they have four legitimate scoring threats.”


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