Trailing 49-44 heading into the final quarter, Kellen Williams and Evason Ogbonna both shot perfectly from the field, scoring eight and seven points, respectively, to lead the Trojans to a 68-61 victory over Greencastle-Antrim.
"We don't panic in the fourth quarter," Chambersburg coach Beau Gantz. "We were able to turn it up a notch, and Kellen just took over. We kept it close, and when you put yourself in position to win the game, good things happen, and that's what happened tonight."
Greencastle (16-4) still held a 60-56 edge with 3:50 left. The Trojans (14-7) forced two back-to-back turnovers, and Ogbonna scored layups on both ensuing possessions to tie it at 60 with three minutes remaining.
The Blue Devils scored just one more point to regain the lead, but then Chambersburg closed the game on an 8-point run. Starting with two free throws by Stanley Flores, Ogbonna followed with the play that shifted all the momentum in his team's favor.
Williams earned a steal and made a long pass to Ogbonna, who took it up for a slam. Along the way, he was fouled and he finished the three-point play at the charity point. The Trojans led 65-61 with 19.9 seconds left.
"You can't say enough good about that play," Chambersburg forward Mitch
Greencastle was hindered by quite poor shooting in the final quarter. Previously, the Blue Devils were 15-of-29 from the field (51.7%); in the fourth, however, they were just 3-of-12 (25%).
"We played a great game regardless," Blue Devil coach Gary Martin said. "Take away the last three or four minutes, we maybe would be leaving here very happy with a big win."
Chambersburg also did a nice job taking out Joel Zola, who had scored 24 points in the first three periods. In the fourth, he hit just one shot.
"We weren't letting them get easy shots," Flores said. "We played No. 33 well. He's a great player, but we had him in the fourth."
Flores had an impressive game for the Trojans. Starting point guard Tay Charles fouled out in the third quarter, and Flores was put into the thick of things. The 6-foot-1 sophomore answered. He scored a huge 3-pointer when the Trojans were down by 5, and he pulled down four rebounds - three on the offensive side.
"Stanley Flores played wonderful for us," Gantz said. "He came in, did some good things. He made a big three, got some key offensive rebounds and shut down No. 1 (Zach Faulkner) because he was killing us for a while."
Zola (26 points) and Faulkner (19) were the only Blue Devils in double figures; Faulkner had 11 from the line.
"Joel gets fired up for teams that are really good," Martin said. "He plays at a high octane level for big events, and Zach Faulkner handled the ball and ran our sets. He did so many good things for us."
The Trojans put three in double figures. Williams scored 19, Ogbonna had 16 and Stahl added 12. Ogbonna was just one rebound away from a double-double.
With one game remaining on the schedule for the Trojans - they host Mechanicsburg on Wednesday - there are still some kinks they need to work out before the playoffs.
"Consistency is our big thing," Stahl said. "Right now, we don't know what team is going to show up. We're kind of like Jekyll and Hyde right now. If we can get a consistent game where we string four quarters together, I think we can be really deadly in the District 3 playoffs."
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Zach Faulkner 4 11-15 19, Austin Scott 0 1-2 1, Danny Stepler 2 3-4 7, Joel Zola 8 6-8 26, Brandon Puffenbarger 4 0-0 8, Holden Baker 0 0-0 0, Matt Montedoro 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 21-29 61.
Tay Charles 3 1-1 8, Kyle Myers 2 0-0 4, Evason Ogbonna 6 4-6 16, Mitch Stahl 5 2-2 12, Kellen Williams 7 3-5 19, Carlin Christian 0 0-0 0, Aaron Sollenberger 0 0-0 0, Stanley Flores 1 2-2 5, Ryan Martin 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 12-16 68.
Greencastle 15 14 20 12 - 61
Chambersburg 23 10 11 24 - 68
3-point shots - GA 4 (Zola 4); Chbg 4 (Williams 2, Charles, Flores). Shooting - GA 26-50 (52.0%); Chbg 18-41 (43.9%). Rebounds - GA 21 (Scott 9); Chbg 29 (Ogbonna 9). Assists - GA 5 (Scott, Stepler 2); Chbg 13 (Stahl 4). Steals - GA 3; Chbg 3. Turnovers - GA 10; Chbg 15. Blocked shots - GA 3 (Puffenbarger 2); Chbg 5 (Ogbonna 3). Fouled out - Stepler; Charles.
Next game: Chbg: Wednesday, at home vs. Mechanicsburg, 7:30 ... GA: Wednesday, at Carlisle, 7:30.