Had Chambersburg lost this game Friday night, the Trojans would have been kicking themselves from now until March.
Had Cumberland Valley made even 57 percent of its foul shots, the Eagles could have won this game.
As it was, Chambersburg got away with a 51-48 Mid Penn Commonwealth Division boys basketball win at CASHS Field House in a game that had both coaches muttering about how the game was officiated.
That was to be expected after a ragged affair that had four players foul out (two from each team), two technical fouls called (one from each), 54 personal fouls (and many more than could have been called) and nine - count 'em - nine charging calls (five against CV).
The Trojans (9-5, 5-5 MPC) never trailed and led by as many as 10 points twice, including 46-36 with less than four minutes to play.
But the Eagles (9-7, 4-6 MPC) used some aggressive play underneath by Matt Tamanosky (16 points) and some questionable decision making by Chambersburg to get close. When Ryan Martin missed a pair of foul shots with 33 seconds left, CV had the ball and trailed by just one, 49-48.
Gray Kline chose to drive the lane and that - with the way the game was being called - was not the best decision. Sure enough, he was called for a charge with 18 seconds left, giving the Trojans the ball.
Kellen Williams was fouled bringing the ball up the court and made both free throws with 15 ticks left to make it 51-48. Cumberland Valley's final play was disrupted by excellent Chambersburg defense and a desperation shot never got close.
"It seemed like we were trying to give it away," Trojan coach Beau Gantz said. "Some of the things we did, you'd never know we're a senior-laden team. We kept going over the back on rebounds, and rushed shots on offense, and missed some key free throws, and, against their press, we kept getting trapped in the corner."
And, still, Chambersburg survived.
CV coach Mike Hibbs said, "It made it difficult (the way the game was being called) for either team to get into any kind of flow. But, you still have to make the plays. They made a couple of plays to win the game and we didn't.
"They made their free throws and we didn't, and in a close game in the Commonwealth, that's how games are decided."
The Eagles hit a dismal 15 of 33 foul shots, including 10 misses in the first half. The Trojans were 19 of 27 at the line, and made 16 of 22 in the second half; 12-for-18 in the final period.
Point guard Tay Charles was crucial at the stripe, sinking 7 of 10, including his first five, during a span when Chambersburg's offense was really struggling.
"I felt really comfortable until I missed one," said Charles, who had 11 points. "I just tried to knock them down and tried to ignore the crowd."
The Trojans had to overcome more than the officiating and their own inconsistent play. Mitch Stahl picked up his third foul in the first quarter and his fourth before halftime. He and Evason Ogbonna both fouled out.
And leading scorer Kellen Williams may have had his career-worst shooting night - 2-for-15 - with about seven shots rolling off the rim. The two field goals he did make might have been his most difficult shots of the night. One was a fast break that he turned into a three-point play early in the fourth.
The other defied belief. After a CV turnover, a Trojan player threw an ill-advised pass toward the Trojan basket. Williams and an Eagle jostled side-by-side down the court with a 50-50 shot at the ball. Somehow Williams, in one motion, gained possession and torqued his body enough to flip a shot from under the basket, off the glass and, unlike most of his attempts, it rolled in rather than off the rim.
Ogbonna came off the bench to score 13 points and grab 11 rebounds and Martin had six big points in the second quarter.
Charles said, "It was a tough game. Some of our guys didn't play with poise. Coach tried to settle us down and told us to take good shots. We just managed to make the plays we could and pull out the 'W.'"
Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and email@example.com.
Cumberland Valley 48
Matt Tamanosky 6-10 4-9 16, Tanner Kirkpatrick 2-6 3-6 8, Gray Kline 1-6 3-5 5, William Bachinsky 5-9 3-4 15, Trevor Magnuski 1-4 1-2 3, Kyle Toohey 0-1 0-2 0, Andrew D'Agostino 0-2 0-2 0, Collin Schujter 0-3 0-0 0, John Peterson 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 15-42 15-33 48.
Tay Charles 2-4 7-10 11, Kyle Myers 2-4 0-0 4, Kellen Williams 2-15 4-5 8, Mitch Stahl 0-2 4-5 4, Stan Flores 2-3 0-0 4, Evason Ogbonna 5-10 3-3 13, Aaron Sollenberger 0-1 1-2 1, Carlin Christian 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Martin 3-3 0-2 6, Sheldon Wenger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-42 19-27 51.
Cumb. Valley 4 12 12 20 - 48
Chambersburg 9 14 10 18 - 51
3-point shots - CV 3-9 (Bachinsky 2, Kirkpatrick); Chbg 0-2. Shooting - CV 35.7%; Chbg 38.1%. Rebounds - Chbg 32 (Ogbonna 11). Assists - Chbg 6 (Stahl 2). Steals - Chbg 4 (Williams 2). Turnovers - CV 18; Chbg 20. Blocked shots - CV 3 (Kirkpatrick 2); Chbg 5 (Ogbonna 4). Fouled out - Kirkpatrick, Schujter; Ogbonna, Stahl. Technicals - D'Agostino; Williams.
Next game: Saturday, at home vs. Donegal (varsity only), 2.