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Enough horsing around

February 25, 1999

Enough horsing around

Trojans wake up late to win opening-round playoff game

Waynesboro vs. HarrisburgBy MARK KELLER / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - A double-digit lead entering the fourth quarter will make just about any high school basketball team let down its guard a bit.

And just when that team seems to get comfortable with the lead, it opens the door for the opponent to make a comeback.

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Chambersburg found that out the hard way Wednesday. The Trojans took a 12-point lead into the final period, became complacent and lost the lead before getting it back late at the foul line in a 60-51 win over Manheim Township in the first round of the Pennsylvania District 3 Class AAAA playoffs at Cumberland Valley High School.

No. 10 Chambersburg, also seeded 10th in the tournament, led 45-33 going into the fourth quarter before the Blue Streaks, the No. 7 seed, mounted a charge.

They scored 16 of the next 19 points to take a 49-48 lead with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in the game. It was Manheim's first - and only - lead of the game.

Michael Buhrman scored off an offensive rebound at the other end as the Trojans (16-9) quickly regained the lead. It turned out to be Chambersburg's only field goal in the last quarter.

"I think we needed that. I don't think we would have scored again had they not passed us," said Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler. "It was almost to the point where we needed that sort of slap in the face to wake up a little bit. Once they took the lead, we started being aggressive and going to the basket again."

And going to the basket meant drawing fouls. Chambersburg iced the game from the charity stripe, hitting 13 of 17 in the fourth and 10 of 12 in the final two minutes. Adam Underkoffler made seven straight to close out a game-ending 12-2 run that began with Buhrman's bucket.

"It's not the position we want to be in, giving up a 12-point lead. You don't want it to come down to that," said Underkoffler, who led all scorers with 18 points. "But that's what happened tonight, we dealt with it and I think we showed some maturity and poise."

Buhrman added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Andy Dangler had 12 points for Chambersburg.

* In another first-round game Wednesday, No. 2 seed Harrisburg put together runs of 10-1 and 10-3 in the first half to cruise to a 61-36 win over No. 15-seed Waynesboro.

The Indians (16-11) had hoped to control the tempo of the game, running their offense and keeping the ball out of the hands of the explosive Cougars.

It worked for about five possessions.

After Saeed Samad scored to cut Harrisburg's lead to 5-4 midway through the first, the Cougars began to run. Aaron Taylor scored off an offensive rebound, forced a five-second call against Waynesboro and dished to Andre Henry for another basket.

The Cougars led by 10 after one period and extended the margin to 21 at the half, 35-14.

"We didn't do what we needed to do offensively. We needed to handle the ball for 30 to 40 seconds, but we took some shots we shouldn't have," said Waynesboro coach Tony Balistrere. "In spurts, we got the shots we needed. But we didn't get the prolonged effort."

Samad had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians.

Chambersburg will play Harrisburg in the district quarterfinals at noon Saturday at Hersheypark Arena.

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