Trojans surprise Patriots

January 18, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Things started out well for Thomas Johnson's boys basketball team Saturday at the Mason-Dixon Shootout. But then, like the weather outside, the Patriots went ice cold.

After running out to a 15-8 first-quarter lead against host Chambersburg, TJ made just 10 of 36 shots the rest of the way against a tenacious and physical Trojans defense, as Chambersburg pulled off a 56-43 upset.

"That was what did it," Trojans coach Shawn Shreffler said of the defensive display. "It wasn't one person's effort, our team defense was really awesome."


Jair Brady had eight of his game-high 19 points on 3-for-3 shooting in the first quarter for the Patriots.Chambersburg clamped down afterward, allowing TJ just nine points in the middle two periods while taking a 31-24 lead.

"We typically get off to good starts, but you have to credit (Chambersburg) because defensively they're very good," TJ coach Tim Abercrombie said.

Chambersburg made 17 of 23 foul shots in the fourth quarter to salt the game away. Colby Nitterhouse had 18 points and Jonathan Motichka added 11.

Colby Jackson, the Patriots' second-leading scorer, was held scoreless as he missed all seven of his shots.

n In an earlier game, Scotland used a 9-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to cut a 12-point St. Maria Goretti lead to three, but the Gaels held on for a 46-38 victory behind Joey Spierenburg's 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

"I was very pleased (after three quarters)," Gaels coach Cokey Robertson said. "I don't know what happened at that point. We just can't make it an easy night."

Goretti held Scotland to 8-for-29 shooting in the first three quarters, and turned a 20-17 halftime lead into a 34-22 advantage by making 7 of 11 shots in the third quarter.

But turnovers caught up to the Gaels, resulting in Scotland taking 17 field goal attempts (making six) in the final eight minutes, compared to Goretti's five attempts (making two). Still, the Gaels made four free throws to seal the win late.

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