Basketball

Trojans host Reading in District 3 6A semifinal Tuesday

BROUSE

Seth Brouse

This same pairing happened a year ago.

But it came at Giant Center in the District 3 Class 6A boys basketball championship game.

This time, Chambersburg gets to host Reading, and this time it’s in a district semifinal Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Trojans will be hoping for a different ending.

The Red Knights held off a charging Chambersburg 46-43 to win their 22nd District 3 title, and this year Reading is hoping to make it three consecutive district crowns.

Reading enters as the No. 3 seed with a 19-6 record. The Red Knights won the Berks County title, 33-31, over Berks Catholic, then took out Manheim Township 68-55 in the district quarterfinals.

Chambersburg is 20-5 after defeating Central York 55-48 last Friday in the quarterfinals.

The Red Knights are led by 5-11 senior point guard Wesley Butler, a three-year starter and two-time Berks Player of the Year. He is averaging 21.8 points per game and has bombed in 60 3-pointers, more than 2.5 per game.

Other potential impact players include 6-3 senior forward Daniel Colter (12.0 ppg, 26 3’s), Jose Brea (8.2 ppg, 28 3’s), Juan Matos (6-4, 6.2 ppg) and Denim Adams (7.1 ppg).

As a team, Reading has hit 129 threes, just over five per game. The Red Knights average 63.2 points and allow 50.8. They also make 70.3% of their foul shots.

Wilson, another Berks power, which hosts Harrisburg in the other 6A semifinal, earned the top seed in the district, but Reading lost some power points because of a really strong non-league schedule. It split games with Wilson, and also lost to Williamsport, Chester, Coatesville, Pennridge and Norristown.

The one common opponent is Carlisle. The Red Knights defeated the Herd on the road 61-58, while Chambersburg beat Carlisle twice.

The Trojans enter the game with four players averaging between 9 and 10 points per game — Ethan Shreffler, Tyler Collier, Ty Holsopple and Terell Williams, but point guard Seth Brouse, who averages around 7, will be a key factor.

On Friday, Brouse was the main ball-handler against Central York’s tight man-to-man defense. He will see that type of pressure again Tuesday, because tough man-to-man is also a Reading staple.

In last year’s district final, the Trojans did not handle that pressure well and made 20 turnovers. Chambersburg had only 19 points until late in the third quarter, before settling in. The Trojans trailed by as many as 15, but got as close as two points.

The winner plays in the District 3 6A championship game on Friday, ironically at Reading’s Santander Arena, at 8 p.m.

The loser plays Thursday in the third-place game. If that is Chambersburg, the Trojans will host if the opponent is Harrisburg, or it will play at Wilson.

NOTES: In last year’s game, Butler was held to 10 points … Butler is an 84% foul shooter … Colter scored 6 last year … Of the four Trojans who played against Reading last year, only Brouse (3) and Collier (4) scored.