Trojans get message in loss to Newport

January 20, 2001

Trojans get message in loss to Newport

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Golden opportunity? Absolutely. Wasted opportunity? Not in the least.

Yes, the Chambersburg Trojans watched a six-point lead with four minutes to go vanish into a snowy Saturday night and turn into a 54-46 loss to Newport Prep in the finale of the inaugural Mason-Dixon Shootout. Just don't tell the Trojans they let one get away.

"We scheduled this game because we really wanted to see where we stand," Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. "We wanted a game against a nationally known team recognized for their good basketball. ... The kids got a clear message where they stand."

Saturday night, the Trojans (14-3) barely stood on the outside looking in. Newport went up 20-4 after one quarter on pinpoint shooting and a Chambersburg turnover festival, only to watch the Trojans storm back in the second half.


Down 27-19 at halftime, the Trojans caught a couple of big breaks and completed some solid passing of their own for a 14-0 run to start the third quarter, and still led by six with 4:56 to play on Mike Clark's free throw.

"They were taking the ball to the basket better after the first quarter," Newport coach Chris Chaney said. "Defensively, we should have made some changes, but some guys weren't doing that."

Then just in time, the Tigers did. Drives to the basket by Rickey Riddle, Nate Holmes and Brian Zoeller were being shut off, and Newport instead turned the tables with penetration of their own.

Newport closed the gap with a five-point play, then took a 47-45 lead on Gill Goodrich's fourth 3 of the night with 2:45 left. The Trojans continued to misfire, and the Tigers broke down a gambling defense to pull away.

Mike Clark finished with 17 points and Zoeller had 11 points and four assists for Chambersburg.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In game three, Mercersburg Academy found its identity just in time to pull out a 63-53 victory over Bishop McNamara.

"We're still trying to figure out if we're a fast-break team or a half-court team," Mercersburg coach Mark Cubit said. "We've found out ... that we're a little of both. But tonight, that was probably the best offensive execution that we've had all year."

Mercersburg led by 10 halftime, but the Mustangs close to 52-49 with 3 minutes, 52 seconds to play. The Storm closed the game on an 11-4 run, though, sparked by a reverse layup from Greg Kinsey, who finished with a game-high 26 points.

Newport 54, Chambersburg 46


Leven 2, T.J. Thompson 10, Goodrich 20, Kossekpa 3, Hill 8, Capusan 2, L. Thompson 9. Totals 20-48 6-12 54.


Zoeller 11, Wingerd 4, Holmes 6, Riddle 6, Schoenberg 4, Clark 15. Totals 17-45 11-19 46.



Three-point goals-Newport 7 (T.J. Thompson, Goodrich 4, Kossekpa, L. Thompson), Chambersburg 1 (Zoeller). Technical-Leven 2 (ejected), L. Thompson.

Mercersburg 63, B. McNamara 53


Williams 2, Pigg 16, Herbert 6, Watson 2, Jones 2, Cook 18, F. Johnson 5, Adams 2. Totals 20-65 10-15 53.


Legler 14, Flanagan 6, Kinsey 26, Balaban 3, McGee 8, Hughes 6. Totals 25-46 10-17 63.



Three-point goals-McNamara 3 (Pigg, Cook 2), Mercersburg 2 (Flanagan, Kinsey). Fouled Out-Pigg, Adams, Legler

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