DALLASTOWN -- When Mitch Small caught the ball in the third quarter of Wednesday night's game against Dover, the Dallastown junior looked to do one thing: slash through the defense to the hoop.
Ever when it didn't appear that there was enough room to get to the basket, Small found an opening and finished with a layup.
He scored on four driving layups in the quarter as his team blew open a close game by outscoring the visitors, 23-6.
Final score: Dallastown 65, Dover 40.
"I just kind of weaved my way through," said Small, who led all scorers with 18 points, 11 in the third quarter.
"Everything seemed to click on both ends in that quarter. We played good defense, we got rebounds, and we started making shots in the lane."
Small's first three layups were conventional ones, but the last one was a crowd-pleasing reverse layup.
"I saw the defender coming, and I knew I needed the rim to protect myself (from having his shot blocked), so I just reversed it," he said.
Small had a big game, but he was just part of the story for the Wildcats, who shared the ball on offense and denied entry passes on defense.
Ten Dallastown players entered the scoring column with Ethan Sutton adding 10 points to the cause.
The Wildcats' man-to-man defense, meanwhile, held Dover to single-digit scoring in the first and third quarters.
The Eagles connected on just 10 of 29 shots from the field (34.4 percent) in the first three quarters.
"We want to protect the paint," Dallastown head coach Mike Grassel said. "We're not particularly big, so if someone is getting beat, our help side (defense) has to be there. Defensively, I was very happy with our guys tonight, and again, we shared the basketball, which is beautiful."
Grassel wasn't surprised when Dover opened the game in a 2-3 zone.
"We know they've been playing the 2-3 and playing it well. We moved the ball extremely well, and we knocked down just enough shots to get them out of it."
Small and Sutton connected on three-pointers in the first half, and Sutton and Mike Gibbs nailed back-to-back three pointers to jump start a 10-0 Wildcats' burst to begin the third quarter.
"It seems like we always come out in third quarter and bring some energy," Sutton said. "He (Coach Grassel) told us (at halftime) not to be satisfied and keep working hard. In that third quarter, everyone was just feeling it. We were all making plays on both offense and defense."
Dallastown improved its York-Adams Division I record to 6-3 with the victory. The Wildcats are 10-5 overall.
Dover slipped to 3-5 in York-Adams Division II and 6-7 overall.
Ryan Beck led the Eagles in Wednesday's game with 11 points.
OTHER BOYS' BASKETBALL
YORK HIGH 93, WEST YORK 46: At West York, York High settled the outcome early by outscoring the Bulldogs, 36-14, in the first quarter. Five players finished in double figures for the Bearcats, who received a game-high 19 points from Ramel Stephens. Tavon Parker supplied 16 points, Jahaire Wilson, 15, Derek Wilson, 14, and Stephen Dickson, 10, for York High. Kevin Rice led West York with 10 points. York High improved its perfect York-Adams Division I record to 9-0 and overall mark to 13-2. West York fell to 3-5 in Division II and 5-9 overall.
SOUTH WESTERN 50, NORTHEASTERN 45: At Hanover, South Western trailed by two points entering the fourth quarter, but the Mustangs then outscored the Bobcats, 16-9, to earn the victory. Mike Duffy had a huge game for South Western as he scored 24 points and knocked down 17 of 19 attempts at the foul line. Parker Bean added 10 points for the winners. Khalid Nwandu led Northeastern with 15 points.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 47, YORK CATHOLIC 34: At York Catholic, the Eagles led (24-15) at the half and went on to capture the York-Adams League divisional cross-over victory. Neil Murren led the visitors with a game-high 15 points, including three from behind the arc. Teammate Austin Markle knocked in 13 points. For the Fighting Irish, Joseph Rost scored 11 points, including three from behind the arc. With the victory, Bermudian Springs improves to 6-2 in Division III and 10-3 overall, while York Catholic falls to 4-4 in Division IV and 5-9 overall.
YORK SUBURBAN 60, YORK TECH 47: At Spry, the Trojans led by seven at the half (28-21) and went on to capture the York-Adams League divisional cross-over victory. Evan Eberhardinger and teammate Malique Wise scored 15 points apiece to led the Trojans' offense. P.J. McClane also knocked in 12 points. For the Spartans, Ron Henderson led the team with 14 points, while teammates Ryan Ford scored 13 and Raquan Smith knocked in 12, including four from behind the arc. With the victory, York Suburban improves to 5-3 in Division III and 6-8 overall, while York Tech falls to 3-6 in Division IV and 4-11 overall.
CENTRAL 73, KENNARD-DALE 40: At Central, the Panthers jumped out to a (22-6) lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Nick Salter led the Panthers' offense with a team-high 14 points. Teammate Royce Clemens knocked in 10 points. For the Rams, Vince Failla and teammate Ryan Trott scored 13 points apiece. With the victory, Central improves to 5-3 in the York-Adams League Division I and 6-8 overall.
NEW OXFORD 41, SPRING GROVE 39: At Spring Grove, Austin Kibler hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Colonials. Kibler scored 12 points to lead the offense for New Oxford. For the Rockets, Tyler Sheffer scored a game-high 13 points. With the victory, New Oxford improves to 3-5 in the York-Adams League Division II and 4-9 overall.
EASTERN 81, BIGLERVILLE 31: At Biglerville, Dalton Reichard led the Golden Knights to the York-Adams League divisional cross-over victory by scoring a game-high 19 points. Reichard's points also including five from behind the arc. Teammates Grum Kebede scored 13 points, while Broguen Nicholas scored 12 points. For the Canners, Koby Griest knocked in 10 points. With the victory, Eastern improves to 6-2 in Division III, and 10-4 overall.
SUSQUEHANNOCK 70, DELONE CATHOLIC 59: At McSherrystown, the Warriors led by one at the half (30-29) and went on to capture the York-Adams League divisional cross-over victory. Jake Lehneis led the Warriors' offense with a team-high 19 points, including five from behind the arc. Teammates Dan Ferraro scored 15 points, Tim Frey had 12 points and Justin McClee scored 10. For the Squires, Brett Smith scored a game-high 21 points, while teammate Devon Moore scored 18. With the victory, Susquehannock improves to 6-2 in Division III, and 11-4 overall, while Delone Catholic falls to 7-1 in Division IV, and 8-5 overall.
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