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Ugly or not, Trojans beat No. 2 Bulldogs

February 07, 2002

Ugly or not, Trojans beat No. 2 Bulldogs



By DAN SPEARS
dans@herald-mail.com


No. 5 Goretti 56, Scotland 55

ST. MARIA GORETTI (56)

Hudson 6, Breslin 2, Green 2, Davis 12, M. Spierenburg 10, Tanner 24. Totals 25-47 5-7 56.

SCOTLAND (55)

Parker 6, Anthony 2, T. Davis 13, Shapman 6, C. Davis 16, Peterson 5, Ruffin 7. Totals 22-62 5-8 55.

Goretti1822124-56

Scotland11161711-55

Three-point goals-Goretti 1 (Tanner), Scotland 6 (Parker, C. Davis 4, Peterson). Fouled Out-Breslin.

No. 4 Chambersburg 59

No. 2 Martinsburg 58

MARTINSBURG (58)

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Largent 10, Barrett 6, Springette 15, Horst 8, Pittsnogle 12, Washington 7. Totals 23-49 6-14 58.

CHAMBERSBURG (59)

Sleighter 3, Banks 2, Wingerd 12, Shank 27, Shoemaker 4, Sheep 4, Clark 7. Totals 19-57 14-20 59.

Martinsburg11121322-58

Chambersburg11131124-59

Three-point goals-Martinsburg 6 (Largent 2, Springette 2, Pittsnogle 2), Chambersburg 7 (Sleighter, Wingerd, Shank 5). Fouled Out-Pittsnogle.



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg boys basketball coach Shawn Shreffler knew his team needed a win. Ugly or pretty, he really wasn't too particular.

Wednesday night's wild and woolly 59-58 victory over No. 2 Martinsburg in the marquee matchup of the Mason-Dixon Shootout did the trick.

"Losing this one would have been really difficult to bounce back from," Shreffler said. "That would have really tested our will."

The No. 4 Trojans (17-5) busted a two-game losing streak, but needed just a couple of occurrences short of a miracle to do it. Chambersburg shot just 33 percent for the game and made two huge mistakes down the stretch, but survived when Darrell Washington's 16-footer at the buzzer fell off the front of the rim.

"If someone rewards them for working hard, then the kids were rewarded tonight," Shreffler said.

Chambersburg's Danley Shank dominated the entire way, scoring 27 points on 9-for-15 shooting, and the Trojans took advantage of some soft fouls called on Bulldogs center Kevin Pittsnogle to gain an advantage on the glass.

Still, Martinsburg (14-3) kept counterpunching to every Chambersburg run, matching several 6-0 and 7-0 Trojan streaks with ones of their own.

"They played us physical and they let them play," Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers said. "But at the same time, we had a couple of guys that didn't come to play in the beginning. We held our own and had a shot, but it didn't go."

Both teams alternated great plays with drastic mistakes down the stretch, before Martinsburg had one final chance to get the win. Washington hit two free throws with 5.9 seconds to play to make it a one-point game, and the Bulldogs tied up the inbounds pass and got the ball back on alternating possession.

On Martinsburg's second out-of-bounds play, the ball came to Buck Springette at the top of the key with 3.3 seconds left. He went up for the shot and was triple-teamed, so he dished right to Washington. The Martinsburg reserve center had hit almost the exact same shot three minutes earlier, but this one just came up short.

"If we make our free throws, we win," Rogers said. "But it was a good game, and it will be a good game down at our place next Saturday night."

"This was much needed," Shreffler said. "We got on them pretty hard after (Tuesday night) and they responded much better than I would have thought. Or hoped."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the first game, No. 5 Goretti (17-9) built a 13-point lead at halftime, then hung on for dear life against Scotland for a 56-55 victory.

The Gaels (17-9) led 40-27 at halftime, but Tuesday night's game against Martinsburg and a dwindling bench caught up with them in the second half.

However, they had just enough left for one final stand. Leading by three with 33.8 seconds to play, they didn't allow the Cadets (20-3) a good look at a 3 to tie the game. Their desperation shot missed before an offensive rebound at the buzzer added cosmetics to the final score.

"We just wanted to make sure not to foul and cover them up," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We knew they'd get a shot, but we made sure it was from way downtown."

Matt Tanner had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Derrick Davis added 12 points and eight boards for Goretti, which played without Josh Carter and Nick Adenhart and lost Joey Breslin to fouls on the first play of the fourth quarter.

"We've just got to struggle along with what we've got right now," Robertson said.

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