Chambersburg flies past Solanco 55-41
Chambersburg used its quickness to get past Solanco, 55-41 in the opening round of the Gettysburg Lions Club Holiday tournament Tuesday night at Gettysburg.
The Trojans will tangle with host Gettysburg in the tournament championship game on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Warriors earned their spot by beating South Western, 53-50 in double overtime, for their first win of the year.
The Trojans didn't have a starter over 6-foot-2, while the Golden Mules trotted out 6-foot-9 Lafayette University commit Dylan Hastings and 6-foot-5 Robert McHugh.
Hastings gave Chambersburg some problems throughout the game as he put up 16 points and 17 boards to go with four blocks. Though he entered contest averaging 23 points per game.
"We made him work for what he got and that's what we wanted to do," Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. "We had an advantage with our speed and we wanted to capitalize on it. I thought we did a good job of that."
Chambersburg (4-3) led 38-29 after the third quarter before the Mules narrowed the gap to 40-35 on Hastings' bucket with 5:45 to play. But that was Solanco's final bucket of the night
The Trojans scored just one hoop in the final 4:23 of the game, an old-fashioned 3-point play from ByShawn Mincie with 2:01 to play, but they connected on 7-of-9 from the charity stripe over the last 2 minutes.
"I thought it was a really tough, physical game and a good win for us," Shreffler said. "We got a lot of contributions from a lot of different kids."
Solanco (4-4) led in the early going, but the Trojans assumed the lead for good when Cole Christian sank a 3-pointer that put his team in front, 11-8, with 1:04 left in the first quarter.
Christian paced Chambersburg with a game-high 19 points, while Mincie came off the bench to score 13.
David Buxton led Gettysburg with 13 points, while Charles Warren pitched in 12.