RED LION -- The Dallastown boys' basketball team stuck with its season-long formula on Wednesday night and earned another victory.
The Wildcats outscored Red Lion, 23-12, in the third quarter and held off a late Lions' charge to complete a regular-season sweep of their arch-rival, 62-56.
"It seems like every time that we come out (after halftime), we step it up another level," Dallastown's Ethan Sutton said. "We were taking good shots, rebounding and playing well defensively."
Sutton, who led all scorers with 22 points, delivered nine of his points in the third quarter. The 6-foot senior connected for three 2-point buckets and nailed a 3-point shot from the right corner with 27 seconds to play in the quarter.
Following his 3-pointer, Sutton stole the ball and fed it to Mitch Small who beat the buzzer with a layup.
"Defense started a lot of our offense tonight," Dallastown coach Mike Grassel said. "Whether it was Ethan grabbing a steal, Ben Doorn grabbing a steal or Mike Gibbs grabbing a steal.
"What's great with this team is that a different guy steps up every night. We have seven, eight guys we play, and you never know on a given night who is going to step up."
Doorn complemented Sutton with 19 points, and Jon Robertson supplied 10 points for the winners. Robertson got the Wildcats going with seven first-quarter points.
Doorn's rebound basket in the third quarter broke a 23-23 tie and put his team ahead for good. He swiped the ball on Red Lion's next possession and converted a layup.
Kevin Hutchinson's basket pulled Red Lion within two points, but Robertson knocked in a 3-point shot to begin a run of eight unanswered Dallastown points.
"Our goal is to wear teams down, and that's why it seems to kick in, in the second half for us," Grassel said. "It's not how we like it, but that's how it is. We seem to wear teams down in the second half."
Dallastown went to a delay game with 5:14 left in the contest, settling for nothing but layups or foul shots the rest of the way.
"Every one of their guys is comfortable with the ball, and they have the ability to get into the lane," Red Lion coach Steve Schmehl said. "We're not really good at scrambling and running around.
"We finally hit some shots in the last four minutes, but until that time, we couldn't buy a bucket."
Evan Miller and Kevin Hutchinson combined for 26 points for the Lions. Miller delivered three, 3-point baskets in the final quarter. The deficit, though, was too large for the home team to totally overcome.
Red Lion freshman Jason Rebuck turned in a tremendous effort in the second quarter, using inside moves to score on layups and rebounds. Rebuck had all 13 of the Lions' points in the quarter.
"I'm excited to see what he (Rebuck) can be," Schmehl said.
Dallastown improved its York-Adams Division I record to 8-3 and overall mark to 12-5. Red Lion fell to 5-6 and 10-7, respectively.
-- Reach Dick Vanolin da at dvanolinda@york dispatch.com.