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Trojans lose opener in thriller

December 02, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Season openers are normally filled with many mistakes and sloppy play.

But Chambersburg and St. John's Catholic Prep hooked up in a thriller at St. Maria Goretti's Gael Center on Saturday with the Trojans coming out on the short end in a 78-77 setback.

St. John's freshman guard Matej Delinac hit a baseline jumper with 4.5 seconds remaining and the Trojans could not answer, ending a stellar comeback that was nipped short.

After a timeout, St. John's applied fullcourt pressure and the Trojans were unable to advance the ball to midcourt.

The Trojans trailed 60-51 after three periods, big guys Armond Perez and DeVonte Merritt were being held down, so freshman guard Garrett Sanders stepped up and got the Trojans back in business.

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Scoreless in the first half, Sanders tallied 14 of his 18 points in the final period and hit a jumper that gave Chambersburg a 66-65 lead with 4:16 remaining, its first lead of the game.

The lead jockeyed back-and-forth with Darryl Peoples scoring on a putback for a 77-76 Trojans lead with 27 seconds left.

"It was a gutty effort," coach Shawn Shreffler said of his Trojans. "They willed themselves back into the game and gave themselves a chance to win. We obviously are still learning about ourselves. "

Peoples supported the Trojan cause with 17 while Merritt had 15 and Perez 12.

Delinac had 23 for the Vikings and Troy King added 21.

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