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Trojans' bench wears out Devils

January 04, 2009|By Chris Carter

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Having your name announced as a starting member of the Chambersburg boys basketball team doesn't necessarily mean much.

After all, the bench players seem to have just as much talent as the beginning five.

The Chambersburg reserves answered the call Saturday night, scoring 34 points -- including the top two individual performances -- to help the Trojans post a 61-38 victory against Greencastle-Antrim.

"One of our strengths is how deep we are," said Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler. "For us it's not really important who starts. We could flip-flop our starting five with who's on our bench every night. That's who we are."

Orlando McBeth scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half, while Kyai Williams added 11 points and seven rebounds for Chambersburg. Both players came off the bench to lead the Trojans, who had 11 players score at least one point.

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"We think our bench is just as good as our starting five. We don't let up when we go to our bench," said Williams, a 6-foot-2 senior. "(Shreffler) was telling me on the sideline that when I got in I needed to attack the basket and penetrate. The floor was spread and that opened up the inside."

The Trojans (5-3) particularly had success with their cuts to the basket, either slashing through the lane or executing on the baseline. The aggressiveness also helped Chambersburg get to the free-throw line 26 times -- the Trojans hit on 17.

"We tried to overplay a little bit but we need to have post help in there for that," said Greencastle coach Garon Gembe. "We don't try to get beat on the backdoor, but that's what happens when you don't have help. I think that athletically (the Trojans) were just better than us."

Greencastle managed to get to the foul line only seven times, with the first attempt coming with 2:08 left in the third quarter. The Blue Devils hit on all seven shots, but quality turned out to be inferior to quantity.

"We're not aggressive enough going to the basket," Gembe said. "The times that we were, we were effective. We just didn't do it enough and became perimeter oriented."

Jerrick Gembe helped offset the lack of penetration to the basket by draining three 3-pointers to keep the Blue Devils (4-6) within 24-18 at halftime. But Chambersburg hit on 13 of 19 shots in the second half to outscore Greencastle 37-20. Greencastle hit on just 6 of 24 shots in the half.

"In the first half we didn't match up particularly well with their shooters," Shreffler said. "We made some adjustments at halftime, made sure we got in their faces and made them put the ball on the floor. In the second half the defense was really solid."

Gembe's nine points were tops for Greencastle, which finished with 13 field goals and 23 turnovers.

Garrett Sanders was the top-scoring starter for Chambersburg with nine points.

Chambersburg 61, Greencastle 38
CHAMBERSBURG (5-3)

Borzager 5, Sanders 9, McBeth 13, K. Bailey 2, R. Bailey 8, Andrews 1, Hussack 2, Young 3, Riley 5, Dillon 2, Williams 11. Totals 20 17-26 61.
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (4-6)
Ritchey 6, Ile 4, Pool 5, G. Meyers 5, Gembe 9, Frick 4, Cordell 5. Totals 13 7-7 38.
Chambersburg 14 10 19 18 -- 61
Greencastle 7 11 11 9 -- 38

3-point goals -- Chambersburg 4 (Borzager, McBeth, R. Bailey, Young), Greencastle 5 (Pool, Gembe 3, Cordell). JV -- Chambersburg, 50-44 (C: Carson-Rivera 15; G: B. Meyers 12).

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