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CD East puts clamps on Chambersburg's potent offense

December 11, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg boys basketball team entered its Mid-Penn Commonwealth matchup with Central Dauphin East on Monday night averaging almost 80 points per game.

Not anymore.

The Trojans had fewer field goals than turnovers and zero free-throw attempts in an uninspiring performance that dropped their average by 10 points, as the Trojans trailed by double-digits for the entire second half in a 61-40 home loss.

Senior forwards Armond Perez and DeVonte Merritt combined for just 15 points.

"Central Dauphin East came in with a very determined effort," said Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler. "They brought a level that we weren't prepared to meet. That's how it started and it didn't get any better. We didn't match what they were bringing."

Perez hit a 3-pointer to give Chambersburg (2-2, 2-1) a 5-2 lead with 6:29 left in the first quarter. After that, it was all CD East. The Panthers went on a 12-0 run spanning five minutes to take a 14-5 lead and the gap never dropped below seven points.

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CD East (6-0, 3-0) relied heavily on intense guard play, leading to 27 Chambersburg turnovers. Demond Bates led the Panthers with 17 points, Amani Glenn had 14 and Jon Breedon had eight assists and five steals. Inside man Quion Gunning added 13 points and nine rebounds.

"Their guards played very, very well," Shreffler said. "They're very active and very quick, which led to a lot of turnovers on our part. Their man-to-man defense gave us a problem."

Chambersburg hit just 19 of 51 shots (37.3 percent). Despite a scrappy game - at times physical - the Trojans never made it to the free-throw line. Meanwhile, CD East attempted 17 foul shots.

"That shows our lack of aggressiveness. I don't know what else it could be, unless you play really good defense," Shreffler said. "For moments in the game, we didn't assert ourselves. Had we done a better job of that, we might have had those opportunities."

Perez picked up his second foul and sat on the bench for the final 4 1/2 minutes of the first half. He finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Merritt hauled in eight rebounds, but was a non-factor in the offense with just four points. The Trojans got just 10 points from their guards and were without freshman Garrett Sanders.

"(CD East) basically neutralized our interior," Shreffler said. "When we're down a guard, it makes it more important that we come out a little more on the plus. Certainly, we had some individuals who didn't play as well as they could have, and as a team we didn't play as well."

Senior forward Darryl Peoples scored all of his 11 points in the third quarter, during which the deficit grew to as many as 18 points. The Trojans closed the gap t o 47-36 early in the fourth, but CD East answered with a 14-4 run to end the game.

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