CHAMBERSBURG — LaAcademia Partnership Charter School should be a tough opponent for any District 3 Class 1A team in the playoffs.
Chambersburg hosted LaAcademia in a non-league boys basketball game Wednesday night at CASHS Field House and the Trojans fell behind 23-8 early in the second quarter as slick guard De’Majh Salisberry tossed in 14 points.
But a 12-0 run to end the first half brought the Trojans to within one point, they took the lead in the third quarter, and they held on at the end for a 44-42 victory for their second-straight win.
“They have some talented players, and No. 3 (Salisberry), especially is a nice basketball player,” Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said.
Shreffler felt his team did not play well early, and said a catch-and-shoot three from Gus Mace near the end of the first quarter got the bench back into the game and injected some spirit.
“I thought we didn’t come out with much energy,” Shreffler said. “And early on, we missed a lot of shots (at one point they were 2-for-17). But Gus hit that three and things started to change.”
It was still 26-13 midway through the second quarter when Chambersburg’s defense — especially Jayden Jones — clamped down on Salisberry and held LaAcademia scoreless the rest of the half. Then Hunter Noel scored four consecutive points, Mace hit a jumper and Jones and Mace finished the half with 3-pointers to make it 26-25 at the break.
In the third, Jacob Bassham scored on a fast break and pull-up jumper to give the Trojans their first lead, 29-28. A Noel drive and a steal by Bassham gave Chambersburg a 35-30 advantage.
Shreffler said, “We tried to run the court to get them tired. We pushed the offense (behind Bassham), but we lost some chances for points in transition when we didn’t catch the passes.”
LaAcademia tried to slow the game down in the fourth, perhaps to conserve some energy, because it brought only eight players.
And it worked. Bassham hit a 3-pointer, but LaAcademia made some layups and a basket by Jvon Collazo tied the game at 40-40.
Then Bassham — who scored all 13 of his points in the second half — went to work. The 5-foot-10 Bassham, guarded by the 6-7 Issne Faldemoula, hit pull-up jumpers in the lane on two straight possessions to make it 44-40 with just over a minute left.
Salisberry scored on a drive with just under a minute to go, then Chambersburg turned it over. LaAcademia worked the clock down to 11 seconds, but the Trojans had fouls to give and used one with 6 ticks left. On its final chance, LaAcademia lost control of the ball and Jones secured it at the baseline.
Jones, along with some help, held Salisberry to just two points after the first minute of the second quarter.
Shreffler said, “Jayden is a really good athlete and he’s starting to get his basketball legs. We tried to get the ball out of Salisberry’s hands, we were trapping their ball screens and we defended the post better.”
NOTES: Mace had 8 points and Noel a career-high 6 for the Trojans (2-12), who play at State College on Friday night, then host Harrisburg on Saturday at 6 p.m. in their last scheduled home game … Collazo had 12 for LaAcademia (8-6), which forced 17 Chambersburg turnovers.
Chambersburg 44, LaAcademia 42
Jamal Lebedev 1 2-2 4, Jvon Collazo 5 0-0 12, Kevin Polite 2 0-0 4, De’Majh Salisberry 6 3-4 16, Issne Fadlemoula 1 0-0 2, Orlando Tavarez 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 5-6 42.
Jacob Bassham 6 0-0 13, Dru Bowling 1 0-0 3, Jayden Jones 2 0-0 5, Carter Sollenberger 2 1-3 5, James Lilley 0 0-1 0, Nevin Yeager 1 2-2 4, Noah Yeager 0 0-0 0, Andon Martin 0 0-0 0, Hunter Noel 2 2-3 6, Gus Mace 3 0-0 8. Totals 17 5-8 44.
LaAcademia 17 9 6 10 — 42
Chambersburg 8 17 12 7 — 44
3-point shots — LaA 3 (Collazo 2, Salisberry); Chbg 5 (Mace 2, Bassham, Bowling, Jones).