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Tigers standing tall - again

The Bluffton boys basketball team has won 26 of its last 27 regular-season games and has only six losses in three seasons.

With a 5-0 start and a No. 5 ranking in Class 2A, it appears it will be more of the same this season despite the loss of Cody Cochran from last year's 21-2 team that lost 66-33 to Bishop Luers in the sectional.

Cochran was the lone starter lost to graduation and the other four seem to be picking up the slack.

"We have a lot of faith in the kids we have," Bluffton coach Kevin Leising said Tuesday as the ACAC tournament draw was unveiled for the three-time defending champion and the other seven schools. "I won't say I am shocked, but I am pleasantly surprised. I feel like we are very capable of being at the level we were at last year. We are picking up right where we left off."

One of those starters returning is 6-foot-10 junior center Keith Cochran, who is standing out defensively.

Keith Cochran, Cody's cousin, is averaging 8.8 blocks per game after getting 44 in the five games.

Twice Keith Cochran has had a triple-double this season, with blocks being one of the three double-figure categories.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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