No. 1 Chambersburg wins with 3

December 23, 2000

No. 1 Chambersburg wins with 3

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The leaders are easy to spot on the floor: Rickey Riddle keeps directing traffic for Chambersburg, while Walt Chavis is in control for Steelton-Highspire.

When things came down to the clutch at the end of their crucial Mid Penn Commonwealth game Friday night, Riddle took the lead. Chavis couldn't get it back.

Riddle's 3-pointer gave the No. 1 Trojans a two-point lead with 28 seconds to play, and Chavis missed a 15-footer in the waning seconds as Chambersburg stayed in the conference race with a 52-50 victory over the defending Pa. Class AAA champions.

"We knew we had to get the ball to (Riddle)," said Trojans guard Nate Holmes said. "He's our leader out there, and in that situation, we want him to take center stage."


Riddle took the stage, and stole the spotlight all with one shot. Down 50-49, the Trojans (7-2, 3-2) worked their offense to Riddle on the right side. The senior shooting guard got a screen from Ryan Wingerd at the 3-point arc, dribbled, took a step back and fired.

"Rickey did so well in there," Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. "He's started to come down with the flu and was a little sick before the game. I told him, 'I played my best game in high school when I was sick, and you can, too.'"

Instead, he left the Steamrollers (5-3, 3-3) feeling ill. Steel-High nearly lost the ball with six seconds to go, but got the inbounds pass back to Chavis, who has signed with Cleveland State. Chavis took two dribbles and then shot over Holmes, but the long rebound came to Riddle, who held on for the win.

It capped a superb defensive effort late by Holmes, who shut out Chavis in the fourth quarter.

"Mainly, we just wanted to finally catch a break," Holmes said. "I wanted to defend him so he had to give it up and make someone else beat us."

The Rollers couldn't, as Chambersburg dominated the glass and did just enough defensively to cool them off from the field. The Trojans, meanwhile, pulled themselves out of an 37-29 hole midway through the third quarter with a 13-2 run highlighted by two baskets and three assists from center Mike Clark, who had a game-high 19 points.

"I thought we did a real good job just running our stuff. A lot better than Wednesday night (a loss to McDevitt)," Clark said. "We did a good job of passing and making the shots."

In the process, the Trojans may have given themselves a shot in the arm.

"It's a huge win for us to beat the state champs," Shreffler said. "And it wasn't just Ricky tonight. ... Everybody did everything they needed to do for us to win."

C'burg 52, Steel-High 50


Chavis 15, Chisholm 6, Roberts 6, Zimmerman 7, Alston 11, Amadou 5. Totals 20-42 3-4 50.


Wingerd 4, Holmes 9, Rice 3, Riddle 13, Schoenberg 4, Clark 19. Totals 20-36 6-9 52.



Three-point goals - Steel-High 7 (Chavis 3, Chisholm 2, Zimmerman, Alston), Chambersburg 6 (Holmes 2, Rice, Riddle 3). Fouled Out - Amadou.

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