With the way the entire second half had been going, Dallastown senior point guard Mike Gibbs appeared as though he'd be the one to win it all for the Wildcats against visiting York High.
The 5-foot, 9-inch 3-point specialist drained five of his six 3-pointers after intermission, with the majority of them coming off of solid screens from teammates and from way beyond the arc. His second-to-last 3-pointer of the night tied the game with 5 minutes, 24 seconds left, completing Dallastown's comeback after trailing by 13 points at halftime. And his last pair of free throws tied it again with a minute to play. He would finish with a game-high 25 points.
But York High sophomore Trey Shifflett would be the one to remind everyone inside the crowded Dallastown gymnasium of his late-game heroics again. Running down the clock from a minute, broken up with a pair of timeouts, the Bearcats would get the ball in the hands of Shifflett for their last shot, which came from the shoulder of the 3-point line with a hand in his face and swooshed in with 3.2 seconds left. Dallastown's Ben Doorn threw up an unsuccessful heave from half court as the buzzer sounded to allow York High to escape with a 58-55 York-Adams League Division I victory Monday night. It marked the third time this season York High won on a game-winner from Shifflett.
"It just takes confidence," Shifflett said. "The last couple games I had a bad shooting performance. Coach Sowers talked to me to pick it up a little bit. Now I'm just taking it one game at a time."
Shifflett tallied nine points, all on 3-pointers. His second 3-pointer was a buzzer-beater to end the first half. He missed three attempts in the third quarter and hadn't attempted a shot at all in the fourth quarter until those final seconds.
"When it comes down to it, I'd rather win by 20 than have it come down to a last-second shot. But a win is a win," Shifflett said.
York High improved to 3-2 in league competition and 7-3 overall, while Dallastown fell to 3-3, 7-5.
"My wife always said everything comes in threes," Bearcats' coach Troy Sowers said. "He (Shifflett) has had two (game-winners) already. He had one more coming. He won both tournaments with threes. I was hoping it (the third) would be at a championship game but we'll take it here."
Junior standout Jahaire Wilson was back in the starting lineup for York High after being carted off the court at Saturday's game against Harrisburg on a stretcher after he tried to intercept a pass in the final seconds and slammed into the floor. Wilson finished with 15 points. Teammates Stephen Dickson (12 points) and Kristopher Johnson (10 points) also provided some scoring.
Down 32-19 at halftime, Dallastown opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run and trailed 37-35 going into the final frame before another Gibbs 3-pointer made it 45-45 with 5:24 left.
"Gibbs was unconscious," Sowers said. "I've never seen it. Did you see how deep he was shooting threes? And they were contested as much as we could. He was on fire there."
The Wildcats started freshman Donovan Catchings (six points) in place of Jonny Sutton, who was on the bench but did not play for what coach Mike Grassel called "a team matter."
Doorn (eight points) and senior forward Jon Robertson (eight points) combined for 16 points.
OTHER BOYS' BASKETBALL
New Oxford 46, Susquehannock 45: At Glen Rock, the Colonials trailed by eight (43-35) entering the final quarter, but outscored the home team 11-2 to capture the victory. Marc O'Brien led the Colonials with 12 points, while Alex Decinti knocked in 11. For the Warriors, Dan Ferraro scored 24 points.
Red Lion Christian 86, Carlisle Christian 63: At Red Lion, the Swordsmen led 54-22 at the half and went on to capture the victory. Chance Thompson led the home team with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Jake Myers scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for RLC, while Corbin Willard scored 17 points.
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