CHAMBERSBURG — You could look at the negative side of Chambersburg’s 47-45 loss to Central Dauphin East on Wednesday night.
Most glaring was an 0-for-4 performance at the foul line in the first and second overtime periods combined for the Trojans. Or the 0-for-4 shooting and the three turnovers in the last OT.
Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler was more inclined to take the positive aspect.
“I feel for badly for our kids because they laid it all out there; really both teams did,” Shreffler said. “There were a lot of big plays that happened both ways. You really felt we could make a play to win, even when we were down two with five seconds left.”
East (11-5, 9-4 MPC) had a chance to win in regulation when it isolated red-hot Amyr Fox. But his drive down the lane ended with a call against him for a charge on Carter Sollenberger with 3.3 seconds left.
At the end of the first OT, the Trojans (13-6, 9-4 MPC) held for the last shot, but failed to get off a good attempt.
In the second overtime, the Panthers took a 47-45 lead by hitting two of four free throws, and Chambersburg turned the ball over with 5 seconds left. But the defense swarmed East’s players and the Panthers turned it over on a five-second call on the attempted in-bounds play.
“We did a great job of switching and denying to get that call,” Shreffler said.
The Trojans did get a shot this time, but Terell Williams’ jumper in the lane bounced off the rim.
CD East, which has been on a big surge lately, played strong defense that did not allow any easy shots, especially in the second half.
Shreffler said, “It was really hard to create any separation on offense. They threw our timing off.”
In the second half, other than Williams (14 total points) and Ethan Shreffler (11), the rest of the team contributed only three points.
Chambersburg led from the start, and a jumper in the lane by Williams gave it a 29-19 lead early in the third quarter.
But then Fox found a groove and scored seven consecutive points, mostly on iso plays. Then Amir Jackson got hot for East, which finished a 16-2 run to end the third quarter and led 35-31.
Late in the game, Fox drove for a bucket to give his team a 41-39 edge, but with 1:27 left, Williams retaliated with a strong layup to tie it up.
In the first OT, Fox had two buckets (he had 22 points) and Shreffler and Williams had one each for Chambersburg.
Shawn Shreffler said, “East has probably been the best team in the league the last two weeks — they beat CD and CV — and they are confident. Monday’s loss (to CD) was tough to swallow, but we bounced back tonight. Now we’ll have to do it again for Friday (at Altoona).”
NOTE: CD East hit 9 of 14 free throws; the Trojans made only 3 of 9.
CD East 47, Chambersburg 45
Aaron Jones 1 0-0 2, Amir Jackson 4 1-2 10, Izaiah Bowens-Perrin 2 2-3 7, Brian Tatum 0 2-2 2, Shawn Lewis Jr. 1 1-2 4, Amyr Fox 9 3-5 22, Tyree Cowan 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-14 47.
Braden Byers 1 1-1 3, Ethan Shreffler 4 1-2 11, Aaron Maynard 0 1-2 1, Henry Shearer 1 0-0 2, Terell Williams 7 0-1 14, Malaki Blair 2 0-0 4, Eli Shearer 2 0-0 5, Carter Sollenberger 1 0-3 2, Brant Byers 1 0-0 3, Gus Mace 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 3-9 45.
CD East 8 10 17 6 4 2 — 47
Chambersburg 14 10 7 10 4 0 — 45
3-point shots — CDE 4 (Jackson, Bowers-Perrin, Lewis, Fox); Chbg 4 (Shreffler 2, E.Shearer, Bran.Byers). Shooting — CDE 17-43 (39.5%); Chbg 19-56 (34%). Turnovers — CDE 18; Chbg 18.