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Rice treats Trojans to win

January 03, 2001

Rice treats Trojans to win



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Chambersburg over Cumberland ValleyCHAMBERSBURG, Pa - David Rice must really like surprises.

Normally the sixth-man on Chambersburg's top-ranked boys basketball team, Rice responded to his surprise start by scoring 24 points and leading the Trojans to a 52-48 Mid Penn Commonwealth victory over Cumberland Valley Tuesday night.

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"He just wouldn't be denied," said Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler.

Trailing 14-6 entering the second period, Rice almost single-handedly propelled the Trojans to a 27-21 halftime edge with 14 of the team's 21 points - including seven straight - many of which came off weak-side rebounds.

"We were down and I knew we had to step it up," said Rice. "Whoever wanted it worse was going to win."

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Seven straight points to open the quarter - including four from Rice and a Nate Holmes dunk - closed the gap to 14-13, and after a Marc Matalavag three-pointer, Rice reeled off seven in a row for a three-point lead the Trojans never relinquished.

Chambersburg (8-2, 4-2) expanded its edge to 31-21 early in the third quarter, but the Eagles refused to let the game get out of hand, scoring the final six points to pull within five entering the final eight minutes.

Buckets by Nathan Wingerd and Rickie Riddle to open the fourth period gave the Trojans a nine-point lead, but Cumberland Valley (5-6, 2-4) began bombing from beyond the arc, with Jon Butler drilling a pair of threes and Brandon Stanford adding one to close the gap to 50-48 with 79 seconds left.

After the Eagles' 6-foot-7 center Evan Walters fouled out with 62 seconds left, Bryan Zoeller missed the front end of the one-and-one, allowing Cumberland Valley an opportunity to take the lead with another 3. But Stanford's attempt bounced off the rim, and Zoeller was fouled again with 26 second remaining.

This time, however, the Chambersburg senior canned both shots providing the Trojans with the margin of victory.

"We had opportunities to go ahead," said Cumberland Valley coach Dave Bitting, and that's all you can ask for. We got a good look. We just couldn't put it down."

Rice canned 11 of his 17 field goal attempts for the game, while the rest of the Chambersburg team hit just nine of 29 tries.

Stanford finished with 16 points to pace the Eagles.

Chambersburg 52, Cumberland Valley 48


CUMBERLAND VALLEY (48)

Stoner 4, Butler 9, Philipkosky 6, Walters 4, Matalavag 3, Stanford 16, Mrkobrad 4. Springer 2, Totals 19 3-6 48.

CHAMBERSBURG (52)

Zoeller 4, Holmes 2, Rice 24, Clark 9, Riddle 2, Wingerd 7, Fisher 2, Leedy 2, Totals 20 10-16 52.

C. Valley1471215-48

Chambersburg6211114-52

Three-point goals - Cumberland Valley 6 (Mrkobrad, Stanford 2, Matalavag, Butler 2), Chambersburg 2 (Rice, Wingerd).

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