Dover’s Najah Fink (32) blocks a shot by Northeastern’s Darrean Griffin on Tuesday.
Dover's Najah Fink (32) blocks a shot by Northeastern's Darrean Griffin on Tuesday. (BIL BOWDEN -- For The York Dispatch)

MANCHESTER -- Before Tuesday night's boys' basketball game against Dover, Northeastern's Kobi Nwandu spoke with his older brother, Khalid, who plays for NCAA Division I Mount St. Mary's.

Big brother's advice?

"He told me I need to look to attack more," Kobi said.

Attack.

That's what Kobi and his teammates did against Dover's zone defense in the second half, racking up 41 points en route to a 63-50 York-Adams Division II victory.

Nwandu led all scorers with 23 points. He scored five times from the field (two layups, two drives and a short jumper) and connected on 13 of 16 from the foul line.

"We practice foul shooting a lot," Nwandu said. "We shoot at least 30 every day in practice."

Nwandu also delivered a key assist to close out the third quarter.

With the Bobcats leading by just one point, the 6-foot, 3-inch sophomore found Marcus Josey on the right wing, and Josey beat the buzzer with a jumper from behind the arc to give his team a four-point edge heading into the final quarter.

"That was a very important shot," Nwandu said. "The crowd got hyped, and everyone on the bench got hyped."

Northeastern built a 12-point advantage in the fourth quarter, but Dover wouldn't go away.

The Eagles fought back within six points, but they weren't able to come any closer.

Northeastern, after making just 5 of 18 shots from the field in the first half (27.8 percent), nailed 13 of 20 attempts (65.0 percent) in the second half.


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Donovian Maxfield (14 points) and Derrick Hoffman (11 points) joined Nwandu in double figures for the winners.

Maxfield knocked in three 3-point shots and Hoffman was a force inside, collecting 10 of his points after halftime.

"We were very stagnant against their zone in the first half," Northeastern head coach Jon Eyster said. "In the second half, we were able to get inside, and by doing that, we were able to go outside. We're a very young team (Tuesday's starting lineup featured three sophomores and two juniors), and we're learning how to win games. The last four games we played very well."

Northeastern’s Nick Sprenkle (32) fouls Jay Howard of Dover.
Northeastern's Nick Sprenkle (32) fouls Jay Howard of Dover. (BIL BOWDEN -- For The York Dispatch)

Northeastern played a box-and-one defense against Dover, assigning one player to guard Eagles' star Ryan Beck. Beck, who entered the game averaging more than 25 points a game, finished with 18, 13 in the fourth quarter.

Najah Fink delivered 13 points for Dover.

Fink and Malec Snyder combined for 14 points in the opening half to help the Eagles take a 23-22 lead to the locker room at halftime.

"In the first half, our zone was tremendously effective," Dover head coach Brian Schmoyer said. "We denied passes and we got out on the shooters. In the second half, we got away from that. It was a low-scoring first half and we were right where we wanted to be. But, we gave up two transition buckets and (a conventional 3-point play in the second half), and it started to slip away from us."

Northeastern improved its league record to 3-3 and overall mark to 5-6. Dover slipped to 3-3 and 4-5.

OTHER BOYS' BASKETBALL

Red Lion 69, South Western 39: At Hanover, the Lions cruised past the Mustangs to improve to 10-2 overall and 4-2 in York-Adams Division I. South Western fell to 4-7 and 3-3. Mike Fox poured in 25 points for the winners, including 13 points in the third quarter. Stone McCreary added 14 for the Lions. South Western didn't have a player in double figures and managed just nine points in the first half.

-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.