Trojans pull away from Little Lions in 2nd half

CHAMBERSBURG — The uncontested layup was a very good friend to Chambersburg on Friday night.

Ethan Shreffler

Ethan Shreffler

The Trojans and State College grinded it out through almost three quarters before Chambersburg took a healthy lead, then lengthened that advantage with the help of some nifty, unselfish passing that resulted in clear layups.

The result was a 55-42 Mid Penn Commonwealth victory at CASHS Field House, the fourth consecutive win for the Trojans (11-4, 7-2 MPC).

“We shared the basketball really well, especially internally,” Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. “In the second half we needed to play well to beat them. We were physical, strong and took great shots.”

With the Trojans ahead by two late in the third, Braden Byers made a foul shot, then drained a 3-pointer to give his team a 38-32 advantage. A putback by Terell Williams and a shifty drive by Malaki Blair sandwiched a basket by SC’s Johnny Friberg to leave Chambersburg’s lead at eight (42-34).

The next three baskets by the Trojans put away any hope the Little Lions had of coming back. First, Ethan Shreffler and Williams worked a give-and-go on a fast break, with Williams hitting a layup to push the lead to 10 with 5:25 left.

After a pair of Friberg free throws, Aaron Maynard bounced a pass to Carter Sollenberger for an easy layup. After yet another Friberg bucket (he had 21 points), Sollenberger buried a 3-pointer to make it 49-38.

“I thought we played very poised late in the game,” Shawn Shreffler said. “We got a lot of touches (on our possessions). That three Carter hit was really big, and it came at the end of a lot of touches.”

Sollenberger ended up leading the Trojans in scoring with 11 points, followed by Williams and Shreffler with 10 each.

State College (4-12, 1-9 MPC) had half of its points cored by Friberg.

Shreffler said, “We ran a lot of guys on him, but he has a really good shot. They are a really good team, I don’t care what their record says. They should have won last week at CV and we had to play well to beat them.”

NOTES: The Trojans made 13 of 22 shots in the second half and hit 48% for the game … Chambersburg had five different players hit 3-pointers … Chambersburg had only one turnover in the second half … The next game is Wednesday at home vs. Altoona (6:30 varsity start), which is a makeup game.

Chambersburg 55, State College 42
Johnny Friberg 7 4-4 21, Nick Pollack 0 0-0 0, Carson Franks 0 0-0 0, Jack Hurley 2 1-2 5, Trey Oyler 2 2-2 6, Nathan Lusk 1 2-2 4, Brennan Dorefice 0 0-0 0, Jaden Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Isaiah Edwards 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 9-10 42.
Braden Byers 2 1-2 6, Ethan Shreffler 3 2-2 10, Aaron Maynard 2 2-2 6, Henry Shearer 2 0-0 5, Terell Williams 5 0-0 10, Malaki Blair 1 0-0 2, Eli Shearer 0 0-1 0, Carter Sollenberger 5 0-0 11, Brant Byers 0 0-0 0, Gus Mace 2 0-0 5, Caden Eby 0 0-0 0,
State College              10   11   11   10   —   42
Chambersburg          14     7   17   17   —   55
3-point shots — SC 3 (Friberg 3); Chbg 6 (Shreffler 2, Brad.Byers, H.Shearer, Sollenberger, Mace). Shooting — SC 15-33 (45%); Chbg 22-46 (48%). Turnovers — SC 10; Chbg 7.