CHAMBERSBURG — The Chambersburg players and coaching staff were happy, but not celebrating Tuesday night.
After all, there is one more piece of business to attend to before the regular season is over: a game at Harrisburg on Friday night.
But — and it’s a big one — the Trojans, who defeated Cumberland Valley 53-41 at CASHS Field House for its ninth consecutive victory, can now do no worse than tie for the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division championship in boys basketball.
How big is that? Well, the last time the Trojans won a Commonwealth crown was in the 1995-96 season, when this year’s players weren’t even born.
Chambersburg (17-4, 12-3 MPC) is a game ahead of the Cougars, with CV and State College falling out of contention Tuesday with losses. A Harrisburg win would create a tie for the title.
Two very important timeouts and two crucial runs after those stoppages were the keys to the win over CV (15-6, 10-5 MPC).
Late in the first quarter and early in the second, the Eagles scored 10 straight points to take a 16-11 lead and caused Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler to call time out.
After that break, the Trojans scored 11 of the last 13 points of the period to lead 22-18 at halftime. Max Doctor hit a rare 3-pointer and Terell Williams had two baskets during that run.
Cumberland Valley, however, was on fire to start the third period, getting a trio of threes from Dylan Buzalka and a steal from Omar Tandir to grab a 29-23 advantage.
But after another timeout, Chambersburg righted the ship, and found itself tied 33-33 with about three minutes to go in the third quarter.
Shreffler said, “I thought the seniors (all five seniors started on Senior Night) got us off to a good start, and then we responded after those timeouts.”
Point guard Seth Brouse, who played an excellent floor game, said, “We’re never content with our defense, but played poised. We had to change our personnel a little after No. 45 (Buzalka) hit those threes.”
The change was to put Williams on Buzalka and he did not score again.
With the game tied 33-33, Chambersburg took off on a 14-0 run that extended into the fourth period and effectively sealed the victory.
Tyler Collier scored on a putback to start the spree and also had a layup and a nice drive to finish it. Later, with 1:28 left, he put an exclamation point on the win with a thunderous dunk.
Collier led the Trojans with 14 points, followed by Doctor (10), Ty Holsopple (9), Williams (8) and Ethan Shreffler (7).
“I liked the balanced scoring,” Shawn Shreffler said. “We got really good contributions from so many guys tonight.”
Of the 18 Chambersburg field goals, eight were at the rim and three were putbacks. The Trojans shot 56% from the field (18-for-32).
“We need to continue to play outside in, and then inside out on offense,” Shreffler said.
With one game left before potential Mid Penn playoffs, and then District 3 playoffs, Chambersburg continues to show improvement as the season goes on.
Brouse said, “We’re trying to keep things steady. We’re getting after it in the afternoon in practice and it’s showing on the court at night.”
NOTES: Ethan Levis led the Eagles with 14 points and Buzalka had 12 … CV, which never got into the bonus, was 5-for-5 at the foul line … In the Trojans’ 14-0 run, Cumberland Valley made four turnovers … CV was the last team to beat Chambersburg, 52-47, on Jan. 8 … The Trojan seniors are Collier, Brouse, Doctor, Holsopple and DaQuan Rodgers.
Chambersburg 53, Cumberland Valley 41
Ty Banach 0 0-0 0, Ben Drury 1 0-0 2, Omar Tandir 3 0-0 6, Dylan Buzalka 4 0-0 12, Ethan Levis 6 2-2 14, Micah Wolf 0 0-0 0, Harris Vorwald 2 3-3 7. Totals 16 5-5 41.
DaQuan Rodgers 0 0-0 0, Braden Byers 0 0-0 0, Ethan Shreffler 2 1-2 7, Seth Brouse 1 2-3 4, Aaron Maynard 0 1-2 1, Tyler Collier 5 4-8 14, Max Doctor 2 5-6 10, Ty Holsopple 4 1-2 9, Terell Williams 4 0-0 8. Totals 18 14-23 53.
Cumberland Valley 11 7 15 8 — 41
Chambersburg 11 11 19 12 — 53
3-point shots — CV 4 (Buzalka 4); Chbg 3 (Shreffler 2, Doctor). Shooting — CV 16-34 (47%); Chbg 16-32 (56%). Turnovers — CV 19; Chbg 12.