CHAMBERSBURG — It has been a rough week for unbeaten teams from Cumberland Valley setting foot in CASHS Field House.
Wednesday, Chambersburg knocked off the 16-0 Eagles 28-27 in wrestling.
Friday night, the boys basketball team ended the Eagles’ unbeaten streak at 14-0, edging CV 43-41 in a Mid Penn Commonwealth game with a thrilling finish.
From the midpoint of the second quarter, the biggest lead either team had was 37-34 for the Eagles early in the fourth quarter. From that point, the Trojans (10-6, 5-4 MPC) outscored CV 9-4.
Sedrick Vessah began the rally with a neat bounce pass to Jacob Bassham for a layup. After J.D. Hunter scored on a drive for CV, Carter Fogal drilled a 3-pointer to tie it up, 39-39.
The Eagles got a bucket from Nolan Gilbert to go ahead again and made a stop on defense. But then came the biggest play of the game.
With 1:38 to play, Vessah took a chance on defense and made a strip steal outside the top of the key. He passed to J.J. Kelly, who was planning to head straight to the basket.
“I was going to the hoop, but they had a guy jump in front of me,” Kelly said. “So I jumped up, trying to avoid a charge and saw Sedrick heading to the basket, so I dumped the ball to him.”
Vessah hit a reverse layup to tie the game at 41-41. At the other end, Kelly blocked a shot — his third of the night — to give the ball back to Chambersburg.
With 1:02 left, Kelly was fouled. He calmly made both free throws to make it 43-41.
“I was so locked in on those foul shots; I wanted to win this one so bad,” Kelly said.
The Eagles got the ball into the hands of Hunter, who was excellent all night, but his shot rolled off the rim. CV’s Gilbert got the rebound, but his putback attempt was blocked by Kelly.
With 16 seconds left, Bassham had a 1-and-1 to just about seal the win, but his first shot missed. CV got the ball upcourt, did not call a time out, and Dylan Levis’s 3-point attempt was off the rim at the buzzer.
Hunter scored 22 points, hitting a trio of threes and making six baskets on strong drives to the hoop.
“He’s a really, really nice basketball player,” Trojan coach Shawn Shreffler said. “There are moments when you think it’s going to be a charge, but he’s athletic enough to avoid that and finish at the basket.
“He really tested the layers of our defense, but in the second half we did better at trusting each other.”
Another big factor in the game was the absence of CV’s Jackson Boone, a terrific rebounder and consistent scorer, who is out with an injury.
“Boone is a very aggressive big and his aggression would have fit right in tonight,” Shreffler said. “There were so few fouls, even though it was a physical game, so it was like a playoff game.”
Kelly finished with 15 points for Chambersburg, Bassham checked in with 10 and Fogal had 8.
Shreffler said, “J.J. was really locked in tonight, and you could see it before the game. He came ready to perform.”
Chambersburg 43, Cumberland Valley 41
J.D. Hunter 9 1-1 22, Dylan Levis 3 0-0 9, Nolan Gilbert 3 2-2 8, Nolan Buzalka 0 2-4 2, Tauriel Ogunnaike 0 0-0 0, Jake Snyder 0 0-0 0, Kip Gottleib 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 5-7 41.
Jacob Bassham 5 0-1 10, Ari Snyder 0 0-0 0, Carter Fogal 3 0-0 8, Sanley Lozius 0 0-0 0, Colten Cornwell 0 0-0 0, J.J. Kelly 6 2-2 15, Aden Swatsburg 1 0-0 2, Sedrick Vessah 3 0-0 6, Treyton Sarvis 0 0-0 0, Jermere Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 2-3 43.
Cumberland Valley 8 18 6 9 — 41
Chambersburg 16 8 8 10 — 43
3-point shots — CV 6 (Hunter 3, Levis 3); Chbg 3 (Fogal 2, Kelly). shooting — CV 15-40 (38%); Chbg 19-41 (46%). Turnovers — CV 11; Chbg 7.
Cumberland Valley 56, Chambersburg 23: The Trojans are now 3-13, 2-7 MPC).