Two days before Christmas, the Red Lion boys' basketball team lost a game.

The Lions haven't lost one since their 50-45 setback to Central York.

Red Lion is riding a 10-game winning streak as the York-Adams League heads into the final third of its season.

The victories during the run include a signature triumph over York High, a team that Red Lion hadn't beaten since the 2009-10 season.

The Lions count on balanced scoring and a defense that is ranked second in the league.

Three Red Lion players are averaging in double figures. Mike Fox, a senior, is the team leader at 17.8 points a game. He's followed by Stone McCreary (11.0) and Evan Miller (10.5). Fox, according to York Dispatch records, has 927 career points.

McCreary and Miller have combined for 66 3-point baskets.

Defensively, the Lions are holding opponents to 43.1 points a game. Jason Rebuck, who is averaging 7.2 points game, is a strong rebounder and defender in the post and Head Coach Steve Schmehl lauded the defense of guard Austin Huson following the Lions' 62-40 victory over Dover.

Red Lion is in second place in York-Adams Division I, one slot behind another team having an outstanding season: Central York. The Panthers are a perfect 8-0 in league games, and the Lions are 8-2.

The teams are scheduled to meet on Friday night at Central, but neither one is focusing on that game right now.


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That's because the Panthers are scheduled to travel to York High Tuesday night, and the Lions are listed for a game at archrival Dallastown on Wednesday night. An expected snowstorm, however, could wipe out Tuesday's games.

Central York, West York (9-1) and Red Lion currently have the best records in York-Adams Division I and Division II.

Four teams (the division winners and the teams with the next two best records) qualify for the York-Adams Tournament. York High and Dallastown are tied with 5-4 marks, and Northeastern and Dover are both 5-5 in Division II.

Bermudian Springs leads Division III with a 10-0 record, and York Suburban is right behind at 8-1. Hanover and Delone Catholic are the Division IV co-leaders with 6-3 records. Eastern York (Division III) and York Catholic (Division IV) are each 6-4. Four teams also qualify from Division III and Division IV for the eight-team tournament.

Dick VanOlinda writes about high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.