CHAMBERSBURG — If the Chambersburg boys basketball team was looking for an ideal situation to celebrate a fine regular season, it found exactly that Tuesday on Senior Night.
The Trojans used a big second quarter to grab the lead and then strangled Central Dauphin East the rest of the way for a 63-34 Mid Penn Commonwealth victory at CASHS Field House.
Chambersburg used 11 players in the game, and all of them found the scoring column. Relentless rebounding and quality defense never gave the Panthers (8-12) a chance to get back in the game.
“It was nice that everybody scored on Senior Night,” Trojan coach Shawn Shreffler said. “And I thought our student section was awesome tonight.”
Chambersburg is now 17-4 and finished second in the Commonwealth behind State College with an 11-3 mark.
The Trojans also clinched a likely No. 3 seed for the District 3 Class 6A playoffs, which means a bye in the first round and a home quarterfinal game on Friday, Feb. 23.
Shreffler said it’s possible the team may schedule another regular season game next week — after the district cutoff date — since they have played only 21 of a maximum 22 games. But that won’t affect the seeding at all.
Coming off a huge win over Harrisburg on Friday, and facing an East team that had been playing better lately, Shreffler said he was concerned about Tuesday’s game.
“I knew we had to play well to beat them, and we did,” he said. “We understood what we needed to do offensively and defensively, and for the most part we did that.”
The Trojans, who beat CDE by 6 back in December, consistently put the ball inside to score, with Tyron Williams (6 points), Joel Torres (13), Cade Brindle (8), Terell Williams (9), Tyler Collier (8) and Will Harriger (6) all contributing. Even when that group missed short shots, the chances were good that somebody in a white uniform got the rebound anyway.
Chambersburg had six putbacks for baskets, made 10 layups and had plenty of other second-chance points. Plus, five different players knocked down 3-pointers to spread out the scoring even more.
“We thought rebounding would be a key and we made it that way,” Shreffler said. “We felt we needed to keep them out of the paint. In the first half our defense was outstanding, defending without fouling them and forcing mistakes.”
Despite 17 wins, the Trojans haven’t had more than four or five in which the margin of victory was a big one. But Tuesday was a perfect time to have another.
Chambersburg 63, Central Dauphin East 34
Jaylen Hawthorne 2 0-2 5, Donovin Medina 1 0-0 3, Terry Danner 3 5-6 11, Amir Jackson 3 0-0 8, Tyree Cowan 0 3-4 3, Xavier Samuels 1 2-6 4, Chase Crowell 0 0-2 0. Totals 10 10-18 34.
Noah Beidel 1 0-0 3, Ethan Shreffler 1 0-0 3, Seth Brouse 1 0-0 2, Cade Brindle 4 0-0 8, Tyler Collier 3 1-2 8, Evan Shreffler 1 0-0 2, Will Harriger 2 1-2 6, Yianni Hronis 1 0-0 3, Terell Williams 4 1-3 9, Tyron Williams 3 0-0 6, Joel Torres 6 1-1 13. Totals 27 4-8 63.
CD East 9 7 12 6 — 34
Chambersburg 10 16 22 15 — 63
3-point shots — CDE 4 (Jackson 2, Hawthorne, Medina); Chbg 5 (Beidel, Et.Shreffler, Collier, Harriger, Hronis).