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Elizabethtown Wins Days Inn East Blue Jay Classic Title With 86-76 Win over Methodist
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) scored 23 points for the second consecutive day to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors as Elizabethtown College defeated Methodist University 86-76 in the championship game of the Days Inn East Blue Jay Classic at Thompson Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) also scored 23 points and pulled a team-high nine rebounds for the Blue Jays (2-0 overall), who nailed nine three-pointers as a team and never trailed to capture the tournament title for the first time since 2004.
Billy McDade led the Monarchs (1-1 overall) with a game-high 26 points and nine rebounds, but Methodist was unable to pull any closer than nine points in the second half after trailing 47-37 at intermission.
Piersol was named Most Valuable Player for his efforts in the tournament, while Schatzmann was joined on the All-Tournament team by sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco), McDade and AB Lehmann of Methodist, and Bill Banks of Rutgers-Camden.
Elizabethtown dashed out to an early 9-2 lead and built their margin to double figures at 27-17 with 8:16 left in the first half, past of a 10-0 run that was capped by consecutive three-pointers by Schatzmann and senior Ben Schlosser (Elizabethtown, PA/Lancaster Catholic), the latter giving the Jays a 33-17 lead with 7:24 left in the half.
In the second half, Elizabethtown took its largest lead of the game at 54-37 on a layup by Schatzmann iw th 16:47 to play. Methodist cut the deficit to 79-70 on a basket by McDade with 3:37 to play, but the Blue Jays salted the game away by making five free throws in the final two minutes.
Church finished wih 14 points and five rebounds for Elizabethtown, while sophomore Josh Houseal (Landisville, PA/Hempfield) tallied nine points and six rebounds. Junior Phil Schaffer (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) chalked up a game-high six assists while first-year student Keith Fogel (Mifflinburg, PA/Mifflinburg) came off the bench to add seven points and five assists in 18 minutes of action.
Antwin Shuford posted 15 points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Monarchs, while Travis McBryde added 14 points, four boards and three blocks off the Methodist bench. The Monarchs shot 42.6 percent (26-for-61) from the field but canned 21-of-22 from the free-throw line.
In the consolation game, Rutgers-Camden rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to defeat Penn State Berks 64-59, behind a game-high 22 points from Banks including the go-ahead three-pointer with 58 seconds left in the regulation. Adam Fusco led Penn State Berks with 19 points, but the Lions committed 29 turnovers.
At Elizabethtown, PA (Thompson Gymnasium)
All-tournament team: Mike Schatzmann (Etown), Mike Church (Etown), AB Lehmann
(Methodist), Billy McDade (Methodist), Bill Banks (Rutgers-Camden)