CHAMBERSBURG — Stifling. Intense. Suffocating. Relentless.
Take your pick of adjectives to describe the defense played by Chambersburg on Monday night in a 42-17 victory over Altoona in a Mid Penn Commonwealth boys basketball game at CASHS Field House.
All those words applied. And more.
The Mountain Lions scored two points in the first quarter, hitting 1 of 7 shots. It got worse in the second, when Altoona was 0-for-10 and did not put a point on the board. It went 2-for-8 in the third.
So after three quarters, the Mountain Lions had made only 3 of 25 shots against the Trojans’ strong man-to-man defense and trailed 32-6.
Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler made certain to point out that Altoona, although now 6-13 (3-12 MPC), has been decent, especially lately, having lost to State College by 5 last week and having beaten Central Dauphin at CD two weeks ago when the Rams were in first place.
“They have been playing really well,” Shreffler said. “They’ve been competitive in every game.”
The Mountain Lions’ defense played well, too, keeping them in the game for a while. The Trojans, now 16-4 (11-3 MPC) after their eighth consecutive win, led only 7-2 after one quarter.
Shreffler said, “They’ve changed how they’re playing defense since the first time we played them, and they are really active. We were a little slow against it early, but then we figured some things out and started executing very well.”
Chambersburg outscored Altoona 18-0 in the second period to put the game away.
Aaron Maynard opened the quarter with a 3-pointer, then Max Doctor scored on back-to-back layups on great passes from Tyler Collier and Ethan Shreffler. Terell Williams notched a three-point play, Ty Holsopple (team-high 11 points) and Braden Byers scored on putbacks and Collier banked in a tough layup.
Meanwhile, the Mountain Lions couldn’t buy a bucket.
“They hit 9 of 15 threes against CD, and they had two kids hit some against us last time,” Shreffler said, “but we contested those shots really well on the perimeter. And I thought keeping them out of the lane was important, too, and we did that.”
The win accomplished one other big thing. By taking control early, Shreffler was able to rest his starters for most of the second half.
Shreffler said, “I thought our guys did a really good job of giving Altoona respect, playing hard and locking in on defense.”
That rest could come into play Tuesday night, when the Trojans host Cumberland Valley, which beat CD East on Monday. Should Chambersburg win, it would clinch at least a tie for the Commonwealth title.
NOTES: In the division, with two games left, the Trojans (11-3) hold a lead over CV, Harrisburg and State College, each with 10-4 league marks … The Eagles handed Chambersburg its last defeat eight games ago, overcoming a 13-point third-quarter Trojan lead … CV is one of only three teams to reach 50 points against Chambersburg this season … Collier had a dunk in the third quarter Monday on a sweet feed from Maynard.
Chambersburg 42, Altoona 17
Tyler Robinson 1 0-0 2, P.J. Charles 0 0-2 0, K.J. Futrell 2 0-0 4, Jeremiah Crockett 3 0-0 6, Ben Warren 0 1-2 1, Caleb Pierce 1 2-2 4. Totals 7 3-6 17.
DaQuan Rodgers 1 0-0 2, Braden Byers 2 0-0 4, Ethan Shreffler 1 0-0 3, Seth Brouse 0 0-0 0, Aaron Maynard 1 0-0 3, Tyler Collier 2 1-1 5, Henry Shearer 0 0-0 0, Max Doctor 3 2-2 8, Ty Holsopple 4 3-7 11, Terell Williams 2 2-3 6. Totals 16 8-13 42.
Altoona 2 0 4 11 — 17
Chambersburg 7 18 7 10 — 42
3-point shots — Alt 0; Chbg 2 (Shreffler, Maynard). Shooting — Alt 7-36 (19%); Chbg 16-43 (37%). Turnovers — Alt 14; Chbg 13.