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Chambersburg boys win PIAA opener

March 09, 1997

By MARK KELLER

Staff Writer

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - "Play every game like its a championship game."

Chambersburg boys' basketball coach Mark Cubit used those words Saturday to rouse his team at halftime of its first-round game in the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament against North Penn.

The message took hold with Matt Brown, who scored 10 points in a 14-2 third-quarter run that catapulted the Trojans to a 58-51 win over the Knights at Shippensburg University.

Brown finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, but it was his third-quarter burst that gave Chambersburg (22-7) its first lead since the game's opening seconds.

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He scored off a pass from Austin Keggereis on the first possession of the second half, tying the score at 26-26. After a North Penn turnover, Brown put back an offensive rebound for a two-point lead. Three times during the Trojans' third-quarter streak, Brown took a pass and drove around a screen on the baseline for an easy bucket.

"That's part of our regular offense," Brown said. "The off guard sets a screen and I get the ball down low on the baseline. That screen gives me an open lane."

Chambersburg led by nine entering the fourth quarter, but North Penn (19-11) was far from out of the game. The Knights were 6-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half. And though the Knights went cold in the third quarter, they began to heat up in the fourth.

Jay Jameson drained a trey with five minutes left to cut the deficit to five. After the Trojans stretched the lead back to nine, Mike Houser hit a 3-pointer and Sterling McNeill made two free throws to trim Chambersburg's lead to 52-48 with one minute to go.

But Chambersburg made six of eight free throws down the stretch, and hung on despite Jameson making his sixth 3-pointer with 18 seconds left. North Penn made 11 3-pointers in the game.

"We knew they were going to hit some 3s," Cubit said. "You can't always cover that on defense. We give them some early and hopefully at the end they lose their legs and it makes it more difficult to shoot the 3s."

Cody Carbaugh added 12 points for the Trojans. Keggereis fell just short of a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots.

Jameson led all scorers with 22 points. Pete Krystopa added 13 points and Houser had 10.

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