Tavon Parker scored a game-high 31 points to go with four assists and four steals, and the third-seeded York Bearcats routed the defending champion Trojans, 72-47, in District 3 Class AAAA quarterfinal action Saturday morning at Giant Center.
"You can only do what you practice, and if we would do what we practice, we would be undefeated," Chambersburg coach Beau Gantz said. "We knew that Parker was tough, so the plan was to make somebody else beat us. I don't know why, but we let him get loose for three 3's early in the game and that put us in a big hole - and you just can't do that against a quality team like we saw today."
York (25-2) advances to Tuesday's semifinal round against Lancaster's J.P. McCaskey, who got 22 points from Devonne Pinkard to defeat Reading, 89-66. Meanwhile, No. 6 Chambersburg - last year's playoff Cinderella - faces the aforementioned Red Knights in a consolation-bracket matchup scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Cumberland Valley High School.
Gantz said, "At midnight it's a new day and we just have to let this one go. The kids need to go home and have some fun, but in the process they need to think about what they can do to become better basketball players, individually. Because everybody on that floor today stunk."
Ohsajid Beard and Derek Wilson added eight points each for the opportunistic Bearcats, who have won 19 straight games en route to a fifth consecutive trip to the district semifinals.
"We just want to play the next opponent, try to be smart with our game plan and be fundamental," said York coach Troy Sowers, whose team is seeking its second district championship in the last three years. "McCaskey is the last team to beat us. They're very good and extremely talented, and we've been hoping to get another chance to play them."
Senior guard Kellen Williams had 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting and seven rebounds to lead the Trojans (15-9). Fellow starter Evason Ogbonna scored seven points but no other Chambersburg player had more than six. York's stingy defense held the Trojans to a dismal 33 percent (18-of-54) shooting, including 3-of-9 from 3-point range.
Gantz said, "We just don't match anyone's intensity. They were so much more intense than we were today - in fact, I told our guys in the locker room at halftime: 'You're all nice guys, maybe too nice. And until we start getting to the nitty-gritty, it's going to always be like this."
The Bearcats, who never trailed, were in control throughout. They ran off the first 13 points of the game while holding the Trojans scoreless for more than three minutes. York took a 41-20 advantage into the break, then relied on hot shooting to keep them out in front the rest of the way. The Bearcats shot 47.4 percent overall, including 8-for-16 from the field in the first quarter alone.
Gantz said York's strong shooting was too much to overcome. The Trojans also had 21 giveaways that led to 16 Bearcat points.
"They shot the ball extremely well - I was really impressed with the Wilson kid," Gantz said. "But then again, none of our guys were willing to step up and take the challenge of playing their man one-on-one and being as intense as they could be on defense. According to our stats, they had 33 layups and you can't win when they take the ball to the rim like that."
Stephen Dickson's slash through traffic gave the Bearcats their biggest lead of the game, 55-26 with about three minutes left in the third quarter.
Parker said, "We were up 20 points at halftime in our last game and we let Hempfield get back into the game. We learned from that one and today we wanted to go out in the second half and step on their throats."
Parker went 11-for-18 from the field, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. The 6-3 senior, who scored 17 of York's first 22 points and had 22 in the first half, said he felt good from the beginning.
"I had a lot of fun out there today," Parker said. "I've been playing here since I was a sophomore, so this place is almost like our home court. I love playing here and I love playing with this team. Also, hard work and preparation make the game a lot more fun to play."
Despite a distinct height and size disadvantage, the Bearcats finished with a 27-26 advantage on the boards. The York bench also outscored the Trojan reserves 16-7.
York 72, Chambersburg 47
Kellen Williams 8-17 2-3 20, Evason Ogbonna 3-6 1-1 7, Mitch Stahl 2-7 2-3 6, Tay Charles 1-6 1-3 4, Ryan Martin 2-6 0-2 4, Kyle Myers 1-4 1-1 3, Kane Snider 1-4 0-2 2, Sheldon Wenger 0-0 1-2 1, Stanley Flores 0-2 0-0 0, Aaron Sollenberger 0-2 0-0 0, Carlin Christian 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 8-17 47.
Tavon Parker 11-19 4-8 31, Ohsajid Beard 4-8 0-0 8, Derek Wilson 2-6 2-2 8, DaiQuest Casiano 3-3 1-2 7, Ramel Stephens 2-4 1-1 6, Jahaire Wilson 2-6 1-1 5, Stephen Dickson 2-6 0-0 4, Trey Rivera 1-1 1-1 3, Jashaun Maddox 0-2 0-0 0, Davante Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Trey Shifflet 0-1 0-0 0, Donavan Dickson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-57 10-15 72.
Chambersburg 9 11 16 11 - 47
York 24 17 17 14 - 72
3-point shots - Chbg 3-9 (Williams 2, Charles); York 8-14 (Parker 5, D.Wilson 2, Stephens). Shooting - Chbg 33.3%; York 47.4%. Rebounds - Chbg 26 (Williams 7); York 27 (Beard 8). Assists - Chbg 11 (Charles 4); York 19 (S.Dickson 5). Steals - Chbg 6 (Charles 2); York 13 (Parker 4). Blocked shots - Chbg 4 (Ogbonna 2); York 6 (Beard 2). Turnovers - Chbg 21; York 17. Fouls - Chbg 16; York 18.
Next game: Tuesday, District 3 consolations, vs. Reading, at Cumberland Valley, 7:30.