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Trojans use all their horses in win

January 11, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With two winning streaks on the line and vaunted rival Carlisle in the house, Chambersburg certainly did not cherish the thought of being the team forced to start from scratch again.

So, the No. 3-ranked Trojans went out and laid down some solid defense, got some key points to maintain momentum and left the court with a 53-41 win over Carlisle to extend their winning streak to eight games while stopping the Thundering Herd's five-game streak on Tuesday in Mid-Penn Commonwealth action.

"Our defense took (Carlisle) out of the game," coach Shawn Shreffler told his troops after winning for the 10th time in 12 contests. "A lot of people contributed and it's fun out there when it is loud with the students."

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A huge, enthusiastic student body cheered on the Trojans, who trailed 2-0 until Jamill Whitehead hit a 3-pointer.

The Trojans held Carlisle (9-5, 4-4) to 5 of 26 shooting in the first half while moving to a 25-14 lead with Aaron Hill leading a balanced effort with six points.

Chambersburg came out a little flat to begin the second half, going scoreless until the 3:30 mark while Carlisle gradually chipped the deficit down to 25-20. The Trojans opened the half committing six of their 13 turnovers to help the Herd.

A key 3-pointer by Nate Strickler appeared to wake the Trojans up and, after a Carlisle basket, the Trojans answered with a basket by Armond Perez and another trey by Strickler to jump back to a 33-22 lead with 2:12 left.

From that point, it was more of Perez - who scored nine points, including seven straight in the middle of the final period - as Chambersburg extended its lead to 47-35.

"I thought about this game at the beginning of the year," said Perez, who hit 7 of 7 from the floor. "This is a rival. Neither team likes one another too much."

"(Perez) is getting better as the season goes on," Shreffler said of his 6-foot-5 sophomore with a smile.

The Trojans again showed their depth as nine players scored. More importantly Chambersburg showed stability, even with senior leader on the bench.

Jonathan Motichka went to the bench saddled with two personals early in the second period, picked up a third two minutes into the third quarter and a fourth with 4:35 left. He returned in the last three minutes and managed two free throws.

"Playing 12 guys has really benefited us and they all have contributed," said Shreffler. "They are buying into this team effort."

Shreffler said the added ingredient of a defensive ploy became a key to the win. Hill held against Carlisle's Jordan Stasysyzn to 12 points, which led the Thundering Herd, but six of them came in the fourth quarter.

"(Aaron) played a great game against him and brought energy and passion and made an impact," said Shreffler.

Perez led the Trojans with 15 points, while Strickler and Whitehead each added nine. Whitehead also had six rebounds. The Trojans shot 16 of 25 from 2-point range but nailed only 4 of 17 behind the arc. Carlisle was 16 of 54 overall shooting.

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