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GETTYSBURG - Trailing by eight points with a little under four minutes to go, Chambersburg coach Beau Gantz decided it was time for the Trojans to unleash a full court press.
After all, Chambersburg had to try to find a way to slow Western Tech down.
Not only did the press slow down the Wolverines, they didn't score again, as the Trojans ripped off the final 16 points of the contest to come away with a 57-49 victory in the PA/MD Challenge Showcase on Saturday afternoon.
Chambersburg (11-6) held Western Tech to 18-of-51 shooting (35 percent) for the game and forced 22 turnovers, including 11 in the fourth quarter.
"We had to press to try to get back in the game," Gantz said. "We hadn't done it at all earlier, so I think it was kind of the element of surprise working in our favor there."
Evason Ogbonna started the winning rally with a pair of charity tosses with 3:47 left, a bucket at 3:31, then Tay Charles' only hoop of the afternoon sliced the deficit to 49-47 with 3:12 remaining.
Ogbonna then split a pair of free throws with 2:40 left, and Mitch Stahl put Chambersburg in front for good with two free throws with 2:00 to play.
With an immovable defense in place late in the game, the Trojans got stops and made enough free throws down the stretch to salt the game away.
"We were horrendous for three quarters," Gantz said. "We didn't come ready to go, until we finally woke up in the fourth quarter.
Kellen Williams started hot for the Trojans with ten points in the first five minutes, but he cooled considerably and missed eight of the last nine shots he took. The senior guard still managed to finish with a game-high 14 points and collected seven rebounds.
Western Tech (10-6) trailed 15-10 after the opening stanza, before taking it's first lead on Chaz Lassiter's free throws with 5:56 left until the break.
The count was 21-21 going to the locker room.
Brandon Luster gave the Wolverines a 27-25 lead with a trifecta from the right wing with 3:23 left in the third quarter, and it was his rain maker from the top of the key that caught all net at the quarter horn lifting Western's advantage to 36-32 heading for the final stanza.
Quality play by Western early in the fourth quarter allowed the Wolverines to build an eight-point lead on two different occasions. The first time being at 43-35.
Free throws by Kyle Myers and a hoop by Ogbonna cut the deficit to 43-39, before a 6-2 spurt by Western bumped the lead to 49-41.
Ogbonna's free throws were followed by Gantz's timeout that saw the Trojans begin to employ the press that eventually won them the game.
Williams was joined in double figures by Ogbonna, who had 12 points and seven boards and Myers who scored 11. Stahl put in nine points, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and handed out a game-high five assists.
Donald Imes led the Wolverines with 11 points.
Western Tech 49
Chaz Lassiter 0-4 2-2 2, Brandon Luster 3-6 1-2 9, Tre Beverly 2-7 1-2 6, Lamar Briscoe-Wortham 1-2 0-0 2, Coyet Goodman 2-5 2-4 6, Khalil Edwards 2-5 0-1 4, Donald Imes 5-13 0-4 11, John Morant 0-2 2-2 2, Devin Collins 3-9 1-2 7, Josh Miles 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-51 9-19 49.
Carlin Christian 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Sollenberger 1-4 1-2 3, Tay Charles 1-3 4-6 6, Kyle Myers 3-7 5-6 11, Ryan Martin 0-0 2-4 2, Kellen Williams 5-15 2-5 14, Evason Ogbonna 4-5 4-5 12, Mitch Stahl 3-9 3-5 9. Totals 17-43 21-33 57.
Western Tech 10 11 15 13 - 49
Chambersburg 15 6 11 25 - 57
3-point shots - WT 4-14 (Luster 2, Beverly, Imes); Chbg 2-4 (Williams 2). Shooting - WT 18-51 (35.3%); Chbg 17-43 (39.5%). Rebounds - WT 34 (Goodman, Collins 9); Chbg 35 (Stahl 8). Assists - WT 5 (Luster, Imes 2); Chbg 11 (Stahl 5. Turnovers - WT 22, Chbg 18. Fouled out - Luster.
Next game: Tuesday, at home vs. Mifflin County, 7:30.