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.


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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