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Trojans get past Bulldogs on the buzzer

December 17, 2000

Trojans get past Bulldogs on the buzzer



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg guard Rickey Riddle had seen this situation before. So had his coach, Shawn Shreffler. And it wasn't a good place to be.

"The last couple times it's come to a last shot, we just haven't gotten it, or the other team makes it," Riddle said.

This time, though, Riddle left no question, slashing into a wide open lane and hitting the winning layup with 0.6 seconds to play as the No. 1 Trojans beat No. 5 Martinsburg 59-57 Saturday night in the finale of the Mercersburg Rotary Showcase Classic.

"Actually, I think they were still caught up in their (game-tying) 3," Riddle said. "And Nate (Wingerd) did a good job pushing the ball up the floor. I just wanted to make sure that it was overtime or no time for a timeout."

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Martinsburg (1-1) had tied the game with 13 seconds to play when 6-foot-10 center Kevin Pittsnogle hit a 3 from the left corner to cap a mad long-range shooting spree by the Bulldogs in the second half, when they went 5-for-8 from 3-point range. The joy, however, was short-lived.

"That's a good basketball team. If they're No. 1 in the area, then we have to be close," Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers said. "But in the crucial moments, everyone knows (Riddle is) going to take it to the basket. Everybody knows that. And we give up a layup."

Martinsburg's defensive troubles came to light in the final nine minutes.

Chambersburg trailed 43-37 with 1:30 left in the third before rattling off a 12-0 run over the next four minutes. The Trojans (6-1) went 6-for-8 from the field in that span, and those two misses were converted on offensive rebounds.

Two of the buckets were by Riddle, the team's leading scorer, but three others came from bench players Dave Dietrich and Wingerd.

"All of them: those guys gave us a huge lift when we struggled tonight," Shreffler said. "Without them, we could have been down 10 or 15 at the half.

But they gave us the chance to win."

While the Trojans needed just about everybody, the Bulldogs counted on a couple of bursts from junior Buck Springette to stay in things. He scored five in the first quarter and had an eight-point run in the third while holding Riddle to one free throw until the fourth quarter.

"He did a good job in his first time out," Rogers said. "His thing now is to just get consistent. One time down he makes a great play and you don't know what the next time. But he really started us with a bang."

A bang that turned into a whimper for the Bulldogs, because finally, Riddle found the answer at the end.

"He's such a tough kid and he battled so hard," Shreffler said. "I think that's a lot of pride. That's the guy we want with the ball at the end. And he came through."

Chambersburg 59, Martinsburg 57


CHAMBERSBURG (59)

Zoeller 9, Wingerd 5, Holmes 9, Rice 7, Riddle 12, Schoenberg 2, Dietrich 7,

Clark 8. Totals 21-41 14-23 59.

MARTINSBURG (57)

Largent 2, Barrett 6, Ware 9, Springette 13, Morris 9, Horst 2, Bullett 1,

Pittsnogle 15. Totals 20-47 11-19 57.

Chambersburg 18 11 12 18 - 59

Martinsburg 19 11 12 14 - 57

Three-point goals - Chambersburg 3 (Holmes 2, Rice), Martinsburg 6 (Ware,

Springette 2, Morris 2, Pittsnogle).

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