Trojans take down Harrisburg to earn Commonwealth title

Terell Williams

Terell Williams

HARRISBURG — Chambersburg earned the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division boys basketball title outright Friday night the hard way, by beating Harrisburg on the road, 67-53.

It is the first Commonwealth championship for the Trojans since the 1995-96 season.

“I think winning the Commonwealth is harder to do than winning a District 3 championship,” Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. “It’s just such a gauntlet and you have to play everybody twice. I am really proud of our guys.”

It is also the Trojans’ fifth straight win over Harrisburg over the last two years.

Chambersburg (18-4, 13-3 MPC) will now represent the Commonwealth in the Mid Penn playoffs starting Tuesday against Keystone champion Lower Dauphin (20-2) at East Pennsboro at 7:30. The final is scheduled for Thursday at Milton Hershey at 7:30.

The Trojans will also finish as the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in District 3 Class 6A, which means they earn a bye in the first round and will host a quarterfinal game on Feb. 22.

The Trojans scored the first 13 points of the game — five by Ty Holsopple and four by Terell Williams — and led 26-6 after one quarter. Williams scored 12 points in the period and ended up with a career-high 20.

Shreffler said, “The guys came out ready to play. I sensed it in practice last night and again in the locker room before the game. They were ready and confident.”

The Cougars got it back to within 36-23 by halftime, then dropped in three 3-pointers early in the third period and clawed back to with four at 38-34.

But Chambersburg outscored Harrisburg 10-5 in the rest of the third, helped by two baskets from Holsopple, and led 48-39.

It was 52-45 with five minutes left when Ethan Shreffler drilled a 3-pointer to give the Trojans a 55-45 lead, followed by a Williams jumper.

Williams (6-for-6 for the game) made two free throws, Max Doctor scored on a layup and it was essentially over when Holsopple connected on a reverse layup with 2:30 left to make it 63-49.

Shawn Shreffler said, “Credit to Harrisburg; they fought back hard. We had to challenge ourselves at halftime, and then again when they pulled to within four.

“But we did respond well. We executed against their press and got some big baskets that squelched some of the things they were trying to do.”

In addition to Williams’ 20 points, Doctor scored 12, Holsopple 11, Shreffler 9 and Tyler Collier 8. Davon Lee had 17 for the Cougars (15-6, 11-5 MPC) and Rynell Gantt, a recent Shippensburg University football recruit,  had 10.

As of 10:30 Friday night, Chambersburg had moved up to the No. 2 district ranking, behind only Wilson, and just ahead of Reading. With the team not playing a district game until Feb. 22, Shreffler is glad to be in the MPC playoffs.

“We were only in the Mid Penn playoffs once (when they took the first 2 teams from each division), but it got snowed out that year,” Shreffler said. “I’m sure the guys would rather play a competitive game or two. We’re looking forward to playing a really good Lower Dauphin team.”

LD is 20-2 and holds the No. 1 seed in District 3 in Class 5A.

Chambersburg 67, Harrisburg 53
Braden Byers 0 0-0 0, Ethan Shreffler 3 1-2 9, Seth Brouse 2 0-0 5, Aaron Maynard 0 0-0 0, Tyler Collier 2 6-10 8, Henry Shearer 0 0-0 0, Max Doctor 5 2-2 12, Ty Holsopple 4 3-4 11, Terell Williams 6 6-6 20. Totals 22 18-24 67.
Romeo McFarland 0 2-2 2, Rynell Gantt 3 4-5 10, Stephen Jones 2 1-2 5, Ali Anthony 1 1-2 3, Davon Lee 6 3-3 17, John McNeil 1 0-0 2, Steffon Chambers 3 0-0 8, Amir Stoudt 0 2-2 2, Dylan Crosson 1 2-2 4. Totals 17 15-18 53.
Chambersburg          26   10   12   19   —   67
Harrisburg                   6   17   16   14   —   53
3-point shots — Chbg 5 (Shreffler 2, Williams 2, Brouse); Harr 4 (Lee 2, Chambers 2).