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Trojans play 'Follow the Leaders' to down CV

December 08, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg boys basketball standouts Colby Nitterhouse, Chas Rahauser and Jonathan Motichka all know how easily last year's 12-12 record could have been closer to 18-6.

They're doing everything they can to make 18-6 or better a reality this year.

Rahauser had 16 points, Nitterhouse 14 and Motichka 11 as the Trojans clamped down on Cumberland Valley defensively and made six 3-pointers in pulling away from the Eagles for a 58-45 victory Tuesday night.

"Last year, we could have won a lot of games," Nitterhouse said. "Every game was close, but we just didn't get the wins. Everybody's back and we all want it this year."

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"We had a lot of close ones last year, and experience is the biggest difference," Trojans coach Shawn Shreffler said. "We have seven kids back for us who started at one time or another last year, and all that leadership has really been helpful."

Chambersburg (3-0) won the Carlisle Tournament last weekend and kept the momentum going against Cumberland Valley (1-2), which made just 15 of 41 shots (36.5 percent) from the floor - including 8 of 24 (33.3 percent) in the second half - and 11 of 21 (52.3 percent) from the free-throw line.

"Chambersburg has always been about defense," Nitterhouse said. "If we can keep the other team from scoring, we win."

Motichka scored eight of his points in the second quarter and Nitterhouse's steal and breakaway slam in the closing seconds of the quarter made it 29-22. Chambersburg went into halftime up, 29-24.

An 8-2 Chambersburg run to start the third quarter - including a Nitterhouse 3-pointer and two baskets by point guard Matt George - made it 37-26. The Trojans sealed it with a 13-0 fourth-quarter run, including two Rahauser 3s and Nitterhouse's second breakaway dunk of the night.

"Chas came out on fire and hit a couple 3s to get us started," said Nitterhouse.

"Matt George did a nice job creating some shots, especially for Chas," Shreffler said. "If he's got a great look, he's going to bury it in most situations. ... It certainly makes us better when (Nitterhouse) gets out and runs the floor. He's so athletic, which is a nice thing to have."

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