MERCERSBURG — How can you possibly overcome missing your first 17 shots from the field?
If you’re the Chambersburg Trojans, you excel at just about everything else, especially rebounding and defense.
Chambersburg overcame an unsightly start on offense to hand Waynesboro a 45-29 defeat Saturday evening in the championship game of the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament at James Buchanan.
“At the end of the first quarter, I told the guys they were doing everything well except for not putting the ball in the basket,” Trojan coach Shawn Shreffler said. “It didn’t change much in the second quarter, either. At halftime, I told them to just calm down and relax.”
The lid was definitely on the basket in the first period. Chambersburg missed its first 17 shots and was 2-for-23. The Indians were 2-for-10 and held a 5-4 lead.
By halftime, the Trojans (2-0) had made 7 of 37 and ‘Boro 5 of 23, for a combined 12-for-60 (20%).
“The shots just weren’t falling, so we knew we had to stop them on defense,” said Terell Williams, who was named the tourney MVP.
It wasn’t just poor shooting — there was some serious man-to-man defense being played at both ends.
Here’s how the Trojans won:
— The bench played a key role. With leading scorers Ethan Shreffler and Williams struggling on offense, the points came from from different places. Through three quarters, the starters had scored 9 points and the bench had 19, led by Malaki Blair with 8, and 4 each from Brant Byers and Eli Shearer.
— Despite strong defense by the Indians, Chambersburg turned the ball over only twice through three periods, and one was a charge.
— The Trojans held a big advantage on the boards, and rebounded many of their own missed shots.
— The defense was spectacular. ‘Boro never scored more than 8 points in a quarter and had only 8 field goals in the game.
Shreffler said, “The guys who guarded Cole (Rhyne) — and there were more than one responsible — did a really good job. We got a lot of help and there were so many pieces involved. Cole is a really good player.”
“They were physical; they wore us down over 32 minutes,” Indian coach Tom Hoffman said. “Every drive and every dribble handoff is contested. They are tough to play against. But I was proud of how our guys played.”
With 1:08 left in the third quarter, Rhyne, who scored 12 points, hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to bring his team within 25-21. Waynesboro figured to be in good shape being in the bonus for the final nine minutes and it was 8-for-8 at the line at that point.
But the rest of the way, ‘Boro (1-1) shot only five more free throws and made only two.
Shreffler said, “I told our guys after the third period, ‘What can’t we guard?’ And they all said, ‘The foul line.’ After that we were solid on defense.”
Williams, mimicking his coach, said, “When they went into the bonus, I just figured we had to play solid defense.”
Carter Sollenberger scored the final three points of the third to give the Trojans a 28-21 lead, then the fourth began with a baseline jumper by Williams, a 3-pointer by Braden Byers (team-high 10 points) and a layup by Henry Shearer.
After that 10-0 run, the Indians never got closer than 12 points.
“We got a spark from Blair; he asserted himself tonight,” Shreffler said. “This weekend was about getting experience for the bench, and they got their feet wet against a lot of different things.”
The All-Tournament team included Ethan Shreffler, Rhyne and Bryce Shaffer of Waynesboro, Zach Cole of Greencastle and Colton Hartman of JB.
Chambersburg 45, Waynesboro 29
Braden Byers 4 1-3 10, Ethan Shreffler 2 2-2 6, Aaron Maynard 0 0-0 0, Henry Shearer 2 0-1 4, Terell Williams 2 1-2 6, Malaki Blair 4 0-0 8, Gus Mace 0 0-0 0, Brant Byers 2 0-0 4, Carter Sollenberger 1 1-2 3, Eli Shearer 2 0-2 4. Totals 19 5-12 45.
Cole Rhyne 3 6-6 12, Ethan Lowman 1 0-0 2, Ethan Saunders 0 0-0 0, Adreece Roell 1 0-0 3, Noah Horton 1 0-0 2, Kareem Sims 0 2-5 2, Connor Jacobs 0 2-2 2, Eric Huddleston 0 0-0 0, Aaron King 1 0-0 3, Bryce Shaffer 1 0-0 3. Totals 8 10-13 29.
Chambersburg 4 10 14 17 — 45
Waynesboro 5 8 8 8 — 29
3-point shots — Chbg 2 (Brad.Byers, Williams); Way 3 (Roell, King, Shaffer). Shooting — Chbg 19-59 (32%); Way 8-36 (22%). Turnovers — Chbg 5; Way 15.