STATE COLLEGE - Another road game in the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division, and another loss for the Chambersburg boys basketball team.
The Trojans dropped a 63-60 decision to State College on Wednesday night to put their record at 3-3 (1-3 MPC). The three losses were all away games and came by a total of six points.
"This seems to be the same scenario - we've outscored our opponents in field goals in every game," Chambersburg coach Beau Gantz said, "and that's even true tonight with them hitting 10 threes. But they took twice as many foul shots and we only made 3 of 9. The way to overcome these close losses is to shoot free throws better. And as big as we are, we should be taking a lot more than nine."
The Little Lions (5-1, 4-0 MPC) kept taking healthy leads and the Trojans kept rallying, although they never quite caught up after falling behind 16-6 early.
Chambersburg got within two points in the third period, but State College hit a couple of 3-pointers to stretch the lead to 12. It happened again in the third - a rally to within two points, and some Little Lion threes to make it a 12-point game again.
Near the end, the Trojans trailed by two and had a chance to tie, but missed a pair of foul shots. Yet another try by State College made it a five-point advantage. Chambersburg scored, then immediately fouled.
Gantz said, "We fouled the right guy at the end and he missed a one-and-one. Kellen (Williams) got the rebound and went coast-to-coast and put up a three (that would have tied the game). It looked like it would go, but it hit the back of the rim."
Williams scored 22 points to lead Chambersburg, Kyle Myers tallied a career-high 14, Tay Charles added 11 and Mitch Stahl contributed 10.
"Myers played one heck of a game," Gantz said. "He hit a lot of inside shots off rebounds. He brought some intensity and that's what we were lacking."
For State College, Kyle Kanaski scored 19 points and Jason Costa added 17.
Gantz said, "State College has some good basketball players. They are methodical and not as athletic as us. But they are good shooters. We had to play them man; we couldn't afford to go zone on them.
"We did hold their best player (Bryan Sekunda) to eight points, but we let them penetrate and then kick the ball out and probably eight of their 10 threes were uncontested."
After scoring in the 40s in four of their last five games, the Trojans did play better offensively.
"In the second half we were patient on offense and did all the things we needed to do," Gantz said. "And we did score 25 points in the fourth."
State College 63
Stanley Flores 0 0-2 0, Carlin Christian 0 0-0 0, Aaron Sollenberger 0 0-0 0, Tay Charles 4 1-1 11, Kyle Myers 7 0-0 14, Ryan Martin 0 0-0 0, Kane Snider 0 0-0 0, Kellen Williams 10 0-1 22, Evason Ogbonna 1 1-3 3, Mitch Stahl 4 1-2 10. Totals 26 3-9 60.
Connor Shadle 0 0-1 0, Kyle Kanaski 4 7-7 19, Jason Costa 7 0-0 17, Michael Beattie 3 0-0 8, Cole Schailey 0 1-2 1, Ryan Karstetter 1 0-0 3, Bryce Williams 2 1-3 5, Patrick Irwin 1 0-2 2, Bryan Sekunda 2 4-4 8. Totals 20 13-18 63.
Chambersburg 16 5 14 25 - 60
State College 11 21 15 16 - 63
3-point shots - Cbbg 5 (Charles 2, Williams 2, Stahl 1); SC 10 (Kanaski 4, Costa 3, Beattie, Karstetter).
Next game: Friday, at home vs. Central Dauphin, 7:30.