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No 'hanger' in win over Cedar Cliff

December 03, 2003|by CURT HORNBECKER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa - It was the stuff that a good great-taste-less-filling debate is made of.

The question, in this case, is did outstanding defense or lackluster offense cause Chambersburg and Cedar Cliff to combine for a paltry 73 points?

Even the coaches couldn't agree after the Trojans limped to a 43-30 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory Tuesday.

"There was a lot of defense out there tonight," said Cedar Cliff coach Mark Zerbe. "We didn't want to get into a run-and-shoot game with Chambersburg."

The Colts certainly avoided an up-tempo game, despite committing 30 turnovers - Chambersburg turned it over 24 times - and shooting a miserable 23 percent from the field. Of course, the Trojans didn't exactly set the gym on fire, hitting just 26 percent.

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But with those same statistics in mind, Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler saw things quite differently.

"If it's one way or the other, there wasn't much offense," said Shreffler. "We shot the ball very poorly. I thought early on we got a lot of good looks at the basket."

Neither team managed to reach double figures until the 4:14 mark of the second period, and Cedar Cliff (0-3, 0-1) failed to score in double figures in any quarter.

Not until the final 77 seconds of the first half did Chambersburg (2-1, 1-0) finally begin to pull away, as Jonathan Motichka scored five points in an 8-0 run that propelled the Trojans to a 19-12 advantage at the intermission.

"We were prepared for everything they did," said the Trojans' guard. "We just didn't execute at the offensive end. We had way too many turnovers."

Chas Rahauser's eight points in the third period sparked a 10-4 Chambersburg run that all but put the game away, considering the Colts' inability to generate much at the offensive end.

Chambersburg's 12-point lead after three periods shrank to 39-29 after two successive three-pointers from Craig Miller and Dan Hodge, but the Colts failed to mount a serious threat.

Despite forcing 30 turnovers, the Trojans were unable to take full advantage, scoring just six fast-break points, four of which came in the third period.

"We have to do a better job taking care of the basketball," said Shreffler.

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