Basketball

Trojan offense sputters in loss to CV

CHAMBERSBURG — If you witnessed the boys basketball game Chambersburg played against Central Dauphin at CASHS Field House back in December, a 37-25 defeat, then you can easily imagine how Friday night’s Cumberland Valley at Chambersburg game turned out.

Malaki Blair

Malaki Blair

Just substitute red uniforms for the victors instead of green.

The Eagles used a superior height advantage and good man-to-man defense to stifle Chambersburg’s offense in a 41-28 Mid Penn Commonwealth win.

In the CD game, the Trojans shot just 18% from the field; against CV, they shot 21%.

In the loss to the Rams, Chambersburg trailed 13-2 after one period; last night, the Eagles outscored the Trojans 13-2 in the second quarter and never trailed by fewer than 10 after that.

The Trojans (7-4 , 4-2 MPC) hung with CV (9-1, 5-1 MPC) for one quarter, trailing only 12-11. But the Eagles scored the next 10 points to pull away for good.

Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said, “I think in the first quarter we did a great job playing a little higher on the floor, and had a lot of touches. We took advantage of their bigs not coming out.

“But after that, we didn’t attack with the mentality that we’re going to score; it wasn’t an aggressive mentality.”

That had something to do with CV’s height advantage — four players taller than Chambersburg’s tallest among starters.

Harris Vorwald (6-foot-3, 12 points), Sam Sherry (6-8, 8 points), Ben Drury (6-7, 6 points) and Nolan Gilbert (6-4, 8 points) scored all but 7 of the Eagles’ points and disrupted the Trojan offense at the other end.

While the Trojans had trouble with their shooting, Cumberland Valley got better shots and hit them at a 47% clip. Chambersburg played decent defense, but it couldn’t make up for the offensive issues.

“I don’t think we allowed what we didn’t do on offense to carry over to our defense,” Shreffler said, “but what hurt was we would force a turnover (of CV’s) and then turn it right back over, and they really took advantage of a few times we did have breakdowns on defense.”

The closest the Trojans got in the fourth quarter was 11 points (34-23) after a drive by Brant Byers and two free throws by Malaki Blair.

Terell Williams led Chambersburg in scoring with 8 points, while Ethan Shreffler and Byers each had 6.

Chambersburg hosts the annual Dunks For Drew showcase on Saturday, with Scotland Campus playing Olympus Prep at 4, Shippensburg taking on unbeaten Gettysburg at 6 and the Trojans hosting Greencastle-Antrim at 7:30.

Cumberland Valley 41, Chambersburg 28
CUMBERLAND VALLEY
Harris Vorwald 5 1-1 12, Sam Sherry 4 0-1 8, Ben Drury 2 2-4 6, Jack Istvan 2 0-0 5, Max Krevsky 1 0-1 2, Nolan Gilbert 4 0-0 8, Ben Parsons 0 0-0 0, Dylan Levis 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 3-7 41.
CHAMBERSBURG
Braden Byers 0 0-0 0, Ethan Shreffler 2 1-2 6, Aaron Maynard 0 0-0 0, Henry Shearer 0 0-0 0, Terell Williams 3 1-2 8, Malaki Blair 1 2-2 4, Carter Sollenberger 0 1-2 1, Eli Shearer 0 0-0 0, Brant Byers 2 1-2 6, Gus Mace 1 0-0 3, Trestin Hill 0 0-0 0, Caden Eby 0 0-0 0, Jacob Bassham 0 0-0 0, Noah Yeager 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 6-10 28.
Cumberland Valley           12   13   6   10   —   41
Chambersburg                   11     2   6     9   —   28
3-point shots — CV 2 (Vorwald, Istvan); Chbg 4 (Williams, Shreffler, Mace, Bran.Byers). Shooting — CV 18-38 (47%); Chbg 9-42 (21%). Turnovers — CV 16; Chbg 11.