CHAMBERSBURG — Harrisburg’s Davon Lee sank a clutch jump shot with 0:01.5 left in regulation to tie the game with Chambersburg 44-44 and send it to overtime.
The Cougars’ John McNeil put up a 3-point shot just before the buzzer in overtime that would have lifted his team to a win, but … fortunately for the Trojans, the ball rattled in and came back out.
And that allowed Chambersburg to escape with a 48-46 Mid Penn Commonwealth victory Friday night at CASHS Field House.
Had O’Neil’s shot gone down, it would have been the first lead for Harrisburg (7-4, 5-3 MPC) since it scored the first basket of the game. And it would have been an extremely bitter pill for the Trojans (9-4, 5-3 MPC) to swallow after they relinquished a 13-point second-half lead in a loss to Cumberland Valley on Tuesday.
“Yeah, that would have been a very tough loss to take,” Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler admitted.
The Trojans held a 41-36 lead after Ty Holsopple dropped in a reverse layup with 4:18 left, and led by five again (44-39) after Aaron Maynard’s fast break layup.
But the Cougars made three foul shots and the Trojans missed a 1-and-1 with 33 seconds left. That eventually led to Lee’s game-tying bucket on a pull-up jumper.
In overtime, Chambersburg took the lead when Tyler Collier bulled his way to the basket for a 46-44 lead. Two free throws by Rynell Gantt tied it up with 33 seconds left.
The Trojans eventually worked the ball inside to Collier again and he was mugged with 0:03.5 left. He calmly made both free throws for a 48-46 lead.
“I really wanted that first basket,” Collier said. “A lot of the time they were playing with all guards, and when they put those guards back in for overtime, we knew we had to work to get the ball in to our bigs.”
The Cougars got the ball downcourt, and even though McNeil was double-teamed, he managed to rise up for a good look at the three, but he couldn’t make it go down.
Despite the dramatic ending, Chambersburg may have won this game thanks to two ugly stretches earlier.
In the second quarter, when Harrisburg started using a trapping press, the Trojans made turnovers on five consecutive possessions, and six of seven. Yet the Cougars failed to put a dent in a 22-15 deficit.
“We did give up some turnovers — that’s going to happen against them — but we didn’t let them convert them into points,” Shreffler said.
In the third period, while holding a 33-27 advantage, Chambersburg went through a stretch in which at least three, perhaps four, calls went against them, costing them a basket and two possessions on rebounds.
And yet, Harrisburg couldn’t score during that 2-minute span.
“The biggest thing was, our guys found a way,” Shreffler said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we showed resiliency and fight, and we weren’t deterred when they scored at the end of regulation.”
Collier, who split top-scoring honors with Terell Williams (12 point each), said, “Last year we beat Harrisburg three times, now it’s four and we want to make it five straight. But we know we’ll have to get better because it’s up there the next time.”
NOTES: Ethan Shreffler did not play for the Trojans because of an injury … Lee led the Cougars with 13 points and McNeil had 10 … Harrisburg hit seven 3-pointers to four for Chambersburg … The Trojans host Shippensburg at 7:30 on Saturday in the last of three games for the annual Dunks for Drew event.
Chambersburg 48, Harrisburg 46, OT
Rynell Gantt 2 2-2 6, Ali Anthony 1 0-0 3, Davon Lee 5 2-2 13, Robert Lewis 1 1-2 3, John McNeil 4 0-0 10, Steffon Chambers 2 0-1 5, Stephon Jones 2 0-0 6. Totals 17 5-7 46.
Braden Byers 0 0-0 0, Seth Brouse 2 2-4 7, Aaron Maynard 2 0-0 4, Tyler Collier 3 5-7 12, Kyere Morton 1 0-0 3, Max Doctor 3 0-0 6, Ty Holsopple 2 0-0 4, Terell Williams 4 3-5 12. Totals 17 10-16 48.
Harrisburg 12 9 12 11 2 — 46
Chambersburg 18 12 3 11 4 — 48
3-point shots — Harr 7 (McNeil 2, Jones 2, Anthony, Lee, Chambers); Chbg 4 (Brouse, Collier, Morton, Williams). Shooting — Harr 17-47 (36%); Chbg 17-39 (44%). Turnovers — Harr 10; Chbg 18.