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GETTYSBURG - Midway through the third quarter, Chambersburg appeared on its way to an easy victory in the championship game of the Gettysburg Lions Club Holiday Tournament on Friday night.
Apparently Delone Catholic didn't get that message.
The Squires erased an 11-point deficit to lead by a point going to the fourth quarter, and led by two with three minutes to go before the Trojans stormed back late for a 60-54 boys basketball victory.
Chambersburg (6-3) assumed a 37-26 advantage when UCLA volleyball recruit Mitch Stahl stole the ball at midcourt and soared in for a two-hand throw down that had Squires coach Jim Dooley calling for timeout.
Sophomore Devon Moore started Delone's march back into the game with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from the left corner.
Delone (5-3) continued to chip away before Jake Wiles' triple late in the frame put the Squires in front, 46-45, a lead they took into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter swung back-and-forth before Delone took a 52-50 lead on Andrew Austin's trifecta with 3:22 left.
That was the last field goal of the contest for the Squires.
Tournament MVP Kellen Williams tied the game with a baseline jumper with 2:35 to go, then Stahl's second steal and slam with 2:18 left put the Trojans in front to stay.
"We weren't intense enough in the first half; we were in the second half," Dooley said. "We weren't smart enough, thoughout. We had our chances and didn't convert them. We have to get a little bit smarter."
Williams followed up his 21-point, 12-rebound night in Thursday's victory over Gettysburg with a 20-point, six-board effort in the title tilt.
"We saw that they could shoot, so we knew that we had to get in their shorts and guard them," Williams said. "We really focus on defense, and our size with Evason (Ogbonna) and Mitch in the back, lets the guards gamble on the perimeter knowing that they have our backs."
A tight first quarter that ended tied at 16, gave way to a good second quarter by Chambersburg - the Trojans took a 33-26 lead into the halftime break.
Stahl earned an all-tournament nod with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Moore paced the Squires with 19 points, before fouling out with 1:02 remaining, and notched an all-tournament selection, he was joined on the team by teammate Brett Smith, who put in 14 points to go with four boards and four assists.
Ogbonna made his presence felt on both ends of the court for the second straight night. On Friday, he put up 11 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks.
Chambersburg shot an outstanding 57.9 percent from the field (22-for-38).
In the consolation contest, Gettysburg (9-1) took control early and never relinquished it, and defeated Northeastern, 64-41. Cody Kiefer once again led the way for the Warriors with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Delone Catholic 54
Brett Smith 5-12 4-7 14, Devon Moore 6-12 5-7 19, Jake Wiles 2-6 0-0 6, Andrew Austin 2-3 0-0 5, Tanner Orndorff 4-8 2-2 10, Billy Kilkelly 0-0 0-0 0, Devin Altland 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-41 11-14 54.
Stanley Flores 0-0 0-0 0, Carlin Christian 0-1 0-2 0, Aaron Sollenberger 0-3 2-2 2, Tay Charles 0-1 2-4 2, Kyle Myers 3-5 0-1 6, Ryan Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Kellen Williams 8-14 4-4 20, Evason Ogbonna 5-6 1-1 11, Mitch Stahl 6-8 6-9 19. Totals 22-38 15-24 60.
Delone 16 10 20 8 - 54
Chambersburg 16 17 12 15 - 60
3-point shots - DC 5-12 (Moore 2, Wiles 2, Austin); Chbg 1-4 (Stahl). Shooting - DC 46.3%; Chbg 57.9%. Rebounds - CD 20 (Altland 5); Chbg 27 (Stahl 9). Assists - DC 10 (Smith 4); Chbg 9 (Myers 3). Turnovers - DC 15; Chbg 14. Fouled out - Moore.
Next game: Friday, at Mifflin County, 7:30.
JV: Gettysburg 46, Chambersburg 33.