Too much Donovan Hill, CD defense KO’s Chambersburg – SPORTS PAGE

LINGLESTOWN — Central Dauphin striker Donovan Hill was a man on a mission Friday night.

Jacob Bassam
(photo by Chris Shatzer)

The 6-foot-8 Rams star scored 29 points, dominated on the glass, blocked a few shots and modified many more, and led his team to a 57-41 win over Chambersburg in a quarter District 3 Class 6A Finals on CD. to research.

The Trojans (17-6) will play Tuesday in a consolation round game against Cumberland Valley (18-6), which was upset by Warwick 58-51 in overtime at CV. The winner plays for fifth place and the loser plays for seventh and last place in the PIAA Tournament. CD (16-4) takes on Warwick (19-5) in the semifinals on Tuesday.

“Hill was playing very physically, and we couldn’t match that,” Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. “At first I thought we had very good looks (inside) and weren’t able to finish. Maybe we weren’t able to play with the allowed physique, or maybe we were intimidated by Hill’s size, but we couldn’t convert.

“So it was a combination of not scoring in those situations and then giving them easy baskets that put us in a hole.”

The game was tied 2-2, and then the Rams slowly imposed their will. Hill had 16 points as CD took a 28-18 halftime lead.

When the third period began, the Trojans went on an 8-0 run that brought a very boisterous, good-sized Chambersburg crowd home and made it 28-26. A layup and a nice quick break bucket from Jacob Bassham, a quick break layup from Eli Shearer and a pair of free throws from Andon Martin gave the Trojans a shot from distance.

But Central Dauphin coach Wayne Fletcher called a time out at the time and calmed his team down. The Rams then scored the next 10 points to go ahead 38-26 and Chambersburg never got closer to nine points the rest of the way.

Shreffler said: “The defense created the offense when we had that good push in the third – the defense was really great. But the CD is very athletic and very fast and when they can get really physical on top of that, it’s hard to play them.

Central Dauphin’s defense had a say in the outcome. The Trojans were held to just one 3-pointer, by Shearer, Chambersburg had very few uncontested shots and had several that were altered by their opponents.

Shearer led the scoring with 13 points, Martin and JJ Kelly each had 9 and Bassham scored 8.

“I’m proud of our kids for the way they fought,” Shreffler said. “In the playoffs, everyone has their bumps and bruises, but we have four guys who are nursing some kind of injury and they’re just getting tougher.”

Center Dolphin 57, Chambersburg 41
Jacob Bassham 4 0-0 8, Carter Fogal 0 0-0 0, Eli Shearer 5 2-2 13, Jai’tavius ​​Kelly 2 5-6 9, Ian Stewart 0 0-0 0, Andon Martin 3 3-4 9, James Lilley 0 0-0 0, Nevin Yeager 1 0-0 2, Noah Yeager 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-12 41.
Donovan Hill 10 7-7 29, Jaydon Laudermilch 2 1-2 6, Andrew Renaldi 0 2-2 2, Davon Haggans 2 3-4 7, Keon Blanding-Dockens 1 0-0 3, Christian Wilburn 0 0-0 0, Travis Linn 1 0-0 2, Jett Franz 1 2-2 4, Wayne Fletcher 1 2-2 4. Totals 18 17-19 57.
Chambersburg 7 11 13 10 — 41
Central dolphin 12 16 14 15 — 57
3 point shots – Chbg 1 (Shearer); CD 4 (Hill 2, Laudermilch, Blanding-Dockens). Shooting – Chbg 15-45 (33%); CD15-31 (48%). Turnover – Chbg 13; CD 10.

Jack L. Goldstein