The formula worked for the first eight minutes of action.
York Suburban's many capable guards would slash to the rim and lay the ball off the glass. If it missed, 6-foot, 8-inch center Malique Wise would be there for the rebound and putback.
Then, for some reason, the Trojans decided to slow things down and throw up low-percentage shots from beyond the arc in the middle quarters of the game, preventing them from putting away a young but scrappy York Catholic squad until the final frame.
However, that and the 15 Suburban turnovers, would be about the only complaints that second-year Trojans' coach Dustin Boeckel had about a 66-31 York-Adams League win over the visiting Irish.
"Running as much of a fast-paced tempo as we do, we're gonna have a bunch of turnovers, which I understand. We want to limit it to around 10 turnovers a game," Boeckel said. "I felt we really got a good shot selection until we started chucking threes off of bad passes."
Suburban (2-1 overall, 1-0 Division III) led 23-9 after the first quarter on 10-of-20 shooting (50 percent) before going a combined 11-of-32 (34.8 percent) from the floor in the second and third quarters. The Irish (0-2 overall, 0-1 Division IV), though, had offensive troubles of their own, scoring in double figures just once in the four quarters and making just 12-of-52 shots (23 percent) overall.
"We struggled making some shots offensively. We were OK on the defensive end at times. We're just not shooting well right now," sixth-year Catholic coach Joe Keesey said. "Geez, I sound like a basketball coach, don't I? We just have really young players. We have two good seniors and then not a lot of experience."
Irish senior Erich Hartman and Trojans' senior P.J. McClane each scored 14 points to lead their teams. Wise and teammate Jared Bauer also chipped eight points apiece for Suburban.
The Trojans now have 20-plus-point victories over Kennard-Dale and York Catholic and a six-point loss to a talented Dallastown squad.
"It's extremely early yet, but I've been pleased with some of the things," Boeckel said. "Obviously we've been scoring the ball and creating tempo by pushing things. Those are our strong points. We need to do some things better defensively. We'll put a good half together offensively and a poor half defensively."
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.