That was certainly the case in the Chambersburg boys basketball team's 72-47 loss to York in the District 3 Class AAAA quarterfinals on Saturday morning at Giant Center.
The Trojans (15-9) got off to a bad start, allowing 13 points before putting any on the scoreboard themselves. And against a team like York (24-2), it's tough to recover from that.
"We don't match anybody's intensity," Chambersburg coach Beau Gantz said. "We came out and let (Tavon Parker) get three wide-open jumpers. With teams like that, you can't let them put you in a hole."
The Bearcats came ready to play. By the end of the first quarter, they had a 24-9 edge, and they continued to hammer, stretching the lead to 41-20 at the half.
"As a basketball player, you have to be ready to play at any time," Parker said. "This is what we live to do and what we love to do. It doesn't matter (what time) the game is, we just have to do the proper things to get a win. We were ready to go from the first tip."
ON FIRE: Although Parker found ways to critique his game following the final buzzer, the 6-foot-3 senior nailed 31 points, scoring nine in the first two minutes, 17 in the first quarter and 22 in the first half.
He was 11-for-19 (57.9%) from the field, but just 4-for-8 from the line.
"I missed too many foul shots; I hate missing foul shots," Parker said. "But besides that, I think I played pretty well. I was open, and my teammates were finding me.
Parker finished the game with four steals and three assists. He is now averaging 31.5 points in the playoffs.
"He's just been very good lately," York coach Troy Sowers said.
ONE-MAN SHOW: Despite not having the best defensive effort of his lifetime, Kellen Williams was basically the only offensive threat for the Trojans.
"You can't expect Kellen to play their best player and then go down and be our best player," Gantz said. "He's only human."
Williams did a great job offensively, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds. He was the only player for Chambersburg in double figures, and for nearly half the game, he was outscoring the rest of his teammates combined.
"Kellen's the kind of kid that can deal with that pressure," Gantz said. "He's clutch. But that has to do with his work ethic. Today I told him he had to go out and prove that he's as good as everyone thinks he is, and he did just that."
Before districts began, Gantz said he needed to stress higher scoring to get victories. But in Saturday's game, the Trojans tied for their fourth-lowest scoring effort this season.
NOT OVER YET: Although Chambersburg's run for a district title repeat came to an end quickly, the Trojans aren't through with district play just yet. Chambersburg will face Reading (14-13) in the consolation bracket on Tuesday at Cumberland Valley.
"We have to let this go, but they need to think about what they can do better as a player individually," Gantz said.
The Trojans are going to need to bounce back in a big way if they want to keep their chances at qualifying for states alive.
NOTES: Chambersburg allowed more points than it has all season The Bearcats forced 27 turnovers, 20 of which came in the first half The Trojans are now averaging just 43.5 points per game in the playoffs.
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