Following a high-paced, back-and-forth first half that featured 18 lead changes, York Suburban pulled away late in the third quarter and held off Delone Catholic in an impressive 79-68 York-Adams League win over the visiting Squires on Monday night.
A few key factors ended up being the difference down the stretch. The host Trojans' deep nine-man rotation wore down Delone, while Suburban also made an effort to contest perimeter shots after the Squires made 14 of 28 (50 percent) attempts in the first half, including 4 of 12 (33 percent) from 3-point range. Suburban also used a variety of defenses, going from man-to-man to zone to a mix of traps and presses to force 14 second-half turnovers.
"I usually have calls for everything," Trojans second-year coach Dustin Boeckel said. "We run three different presses, two of them are traps, and then we ran two half-court defenses. We caught them off guard with that 1-3-1 (zone) a little bit there with the right personnel."
With the win, Suburban improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in league competition. The Trojans are also emerging as a potential team to beat in Division III. All four of their wins have come by double digits and their one loss was by single digits to talented Division I Dallastown.
"I try to be modest on our expectations and take it one game at a time," Boeckel said. "We have Northeastern up next. Last year they blew us out there (at Northeastern) and then beat us in counties."
With Northeastern coach Jon Eyster watching from the stands, Suburban and Delone (2-3 overall, 1-1 Division IV) went toe-to-toe in the first half, with the game locked at 22-22 after one quarter and 39-39 at halftime. Both squads combined for 30-for-56 first-half shooting (53.6 percent) from the floor. The Trojans did a better job of defending the perimeter after intermission when Delone made 10 of 29 attempts (34.5 percent) from the floor, including 3 of 11 (27.2 percent) from beyond the arc.
"We were fighting and they were fighting with us (in the first half)," Suburban junior guard C.J. Boxley said. "They were hitting a lot of key shots. We had to step up on the defensive end in the second half."
Boxley (18 points, eight assists) had a big third quarter when his back-to-back layups off turnovers grew the lead to 48-44 at the 5:03 mark in what was Suburban's largest lead up to that point in the contest. Boxley knocked down his only 3-pointer of the game three minutes later to push the advantage to 59-50. Teammate P.J. McClane (18 points) then capped the quarter with a layup and one of his four 3-pointers to give his squad a 63-52 edge heading into the final frame.
"It's really big," Boxley said of the win. "It helps us out in districts."
Suburban seniors Malique Wise (12 points) and Manny McDowell (15 points, five rebounds) combined for 27 points, while teammates Kevin Moats and Jared Bauer combined for 14 rebounds. Overall, the Trojans made 56.4 percent of their shot attempts (31 of 55) and turned the ball over just eight times while forcing Delone into 18 turnovers.
The Squires also had four players in double-figure scoring, led by Jimmy O'Boyle (16 points) and Devon Moore (14 points).
OTHER BOYS' BASKETBALL
Red Lion 80, Kennard-Dale 36: At Fawn Grove, the Lions used a 23-4 edge in the second quarter to take control. Mike Fox paced the winners with 19 points. He got double-digit support from Evan Miller (14), Jason Rebuck (14) and Stone McCreary (11). Robby Robinson and Kyle Wooldridge each had 11 points to pace K-D. Red Lion improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in York-Adams Division I.
Red Land 54, Dallastown 41: At Lewisberry, the Wildcats only trailed by three at the end of the first half (21-18), but were outscored 17-8 in the third quarter and were unable to recover. Mike Gibbs and Jonny Sutton each scored nine points. Dallastown fell to 3-2 overall.
Dayspring Academy 54, Christian School of York 40: At Christian School of York, the Crusaders only trailed by five at the half and but was unable to make the comeback. Freshman Sean Graybill led the the home team with 11 points.
New Hope Academy 78, Covenant Christian 55: At New Hope Academy, NaGus Griggs led the Mighty Ants with 19 points. Michael Coleman and Montrel Morgan each scored 16 points. New Hope improved to 2-1.
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