Basketball

Cedar Cliff hands Trojans decisive 1st defeat

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Chambersburg’s Carter Sollenberger (14) keeps his defensive position against Joey Zvorsky of Cedar Cliff during the Colts’ 53-38 win Saturday (photo by Casey Kauffman).

CHAMBERSBURG — Cedar Cliff brought an unbeaten record into CASHS Field House to take on undefeated Chambersburg on Saturday night.

Gus Mace

Gus Mace

The Colts broke out to an early 12-2 lead, never let the Trojans get back into the game and traveled home with a well-earned 53-38 non-league boys basketball victory.

Cedar Cliff (4-0) used an effective inside-outside punch to prosper on offense against a normally strong Chambersburg defense, and its defense gave up few good looks to the Trojans, who shot a rocky 25% (12-for-48) for the game.

“I think they are very good,” Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. “They have a good combination of inside and outside scoring, and they were really good shooting tonight. Their post guys have to receive a lot of attention, and they found a lot of open guys who knocked down the shots.”

With both 6-foot-8 Tyler Houser and 6-11 Nick Peters working inside, the Trojans (4-1) had to work hard to limit the damage when they received the ball. That duo combined for only 16 points.

But, that left point guard Charlie Werner open and he hit his first three 3-point attempts. Nick Strain hit his first two shots, and Joey Zvorsky added a couple of baskets.

When sub Hunter Cuza scored on a three-point play and the 6-11 Peters hit a 3-pointer, the lead had ballooned to 27-9 midway through the second period.

The Trojans were not getting open looks from outside on offense and ended up forcing up a lot of shots while trying to drive against the taller Colts.

Shreffler said, “We did not execute on offense. Cedar Cliff’s defense deserves a lot of credit for that, and they set the tone early by taking that charge.”

It was one of four charges against Chambersburg, which ended up getting very few points in the paint.

“We seemed to drive the lane just hoping we could score, and their length bothered us,” Shreffler said. “We should have been stronger going to the basket.”

By halftime, trailing 32-15, the Trojans had made only 6 of 27 shots (22%). By contrast, the Colts had targeted 13 of 19 from the field.

About the only bright spot for Chambersburg was Gus Mace, who hit a trio of 3-pointers and led his team with 12 points. Nobody else had more than six points.

Zvorsky scored 11 points and Peters, a senior transfer from Germany, added 10.

Shreffler said, “Last year we still had a lot of success after an early loss, so we still have a lot we can do. But how we respond to this game tonight will really be important.”

Cedar Cliff 53, Chambersburg 38
CEDAR CLIFF
Joey Zvorsky 5 0-0 11, Nick Strain 2 0-0 5, Tyler Houser 2 2-3 6, Charlie Werner 3 0-0 9, Matt Musselman 3 0-0 7, Nick Peters 4 1-3 10, Hunter Cuza 1 1-3 3, Trentin Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 4-9 53.
CHAMBERSBURG
Braden Byers 1 0-3 3, Ethan Shreffler 1 2-2 4, Aaron Maynard 0 0-0 0, Henry Shearer 1 0-0 3, Terell Williams 3 0-0 6, Malaki Blair 0 1-2 1, Carter Sollenberger 1 2-4 4, Brant Byers 1 2-2 5, Eli Shearer 0 0-0 0, Gus Mace 4 1-1 12. Totals 12 8-14 38.
Cedar Cliff                   14   18   10   11   —   53
Chambersburg             7     8   10   13   —   38
3-point shots — CC 7 (Werner 3, Zvorsky, Strain, Peters, Musselman; Chbg 6 (Mace 3, Brad.Byers, Bran.Byers, H.Shearer). Shooting — CC 21-39 (54%); Chbg 12-48 (25%). Turnovers — CC 13; Chbg 9.