Luke Cable
Luke Cable

It's a moment Ben Cable admits will rank right up there with his top career highlights on the basketball floor.

That's saying a lot, considering all he's accomplished in his basketball career.

In the 2006-2007 season, he and older brother, Jordan, helped West York win the York-Adams League boys' title and the program's first-ever District 3-AAA title. Two years later, he and younger brother, Luke, helped the Bulldogs capture the league's Division II crown.

"My sophomore year in high school my brother (Jordan) and I won the county and district championships," Ben Cable said. "That and this are probably the top two most memorable (moments) of my career."

Cable, a senior shooting guard at Elizabethtown College, is referring to last Sunday's game when his Blue Jays played host to Susquehanna, which featured younger brother, Luke, starting at shooting guard. Barring a meeting in the NCAA Division III Tournament in March, it marked the first and last time the brothers would face each other on the college hardwood.

Defending each other on both ends of the floor, Ben and Luke each finished with 21 points. And Ben nailed the game-winning shot at the buzzer.

"We both had really good games," Luke said. "For him to hit a game-winner, I was happy for him."


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The brothers finally settled the score after their many back-and-forth, one-on-one games over the years at Broad Street Park. However, the scoring performances exceeded the expectations of both guards, who have been training together during the offseason for years, sometimes with Jordan and younger brother, Noah, now a junior guard for West York.

"(Ben) was talking a lot of trash on Thanksgiving," Luke Cable said. "There was a lot of build-up. We were mostly joking around but he'll definitely hold it against me for the rest of my life."

The brothers said there wasn't much trash talk in the game, even after the game-winner.

Buzzer beater: With the scored tied at 64-64, Ben took the ball the length of the court with eight seconds left and shot a jumper from the left elbow. Luke, guarding another E-Town player on the wing, watched as the ball bounced off the backboard and through the net as time expired.

"I never would admit a shot I made was lucky but that one was lucky," Ben said.

Oddly enough, Ben's last game-winner came on a bank shot in his senior year with West York, when the Bulldogs won a regular-season contest at Susquehannock. West York coach Bill Ackerman still remembers that game clearly. Ackerman was part of a group of about 30 Cable family members and friends in the stands last Sunday.

"It makes perfect sense that they would end up with the same point total and it would take a bit of a prayer to end the game and one of them would be responsible for it," Ackerman said. "It makes me very proud."

Solid season: Both Ben and Luke are enjoying solid seasons thus far. Luke, who is rooming with freshman teammate and Central York grad Spencer Ortmyer at Susquehanna, earned a starting spot by scoring 13 points off the bench in an exhibition Nov. 3 against NCAA Division I Binghamton. In five starts, Luke is averaging 8.8 points and two rebounds. Ortmyer is averaging 4.8 points a game off the bench.

A team captain for the first time in his college career, Ben is averaging 10.8 points, two rebounds and 1.4 assists a game for the Blue Jays. However, both Cable brothers are trying to turn their teams' fortunes around. E-Town and Susquehanna have identical 1-4 records. No matter what happens the rest of the way, though, they already have quite a highlight this season.

"Sunday was crazy," Luke said. "That was probably the most fun I ever had playing basketball."

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.