Royce Clemens of Central York drives to the rim on a breakaway against Dallastown earlier this season. Clemens is averaging 11.1 points per game for the
Royce Clemens of Central York drives to the rim on a breakaway against Dallastown earlier this season. Clemens is averaging 11.1 points per game for the Panthers, who take on Delone Catholic in the York-Adams League Tournament quarterfinals on Friday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO -- jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

The last time that the Central boys' basketball team lost a game, 2014 hadn't yet arrived.

The Panthers came up just short on Dec. 27 of last year, falling 63-60 in overtime to Wilson.

Since then, Central has racked up 13 victories in a row, winning the York-Adams Division I title in the process. It marked the first time since the 2002-03 season that the team won a division crown. The Panthers shared the Section 2 title with New Oxford that year.

Central (19-2) is now preparing for the next stage of its season: the York-Adams Tournament.

The Panthers, who will take on Delone Catholic (14-8) in the opening round of the eight-team tournament, earned a berth in the event for the first time in three years. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Red Lion.

"It's nice, definitely for our seniors, that we're in the tournament this year," Central head coach Kevin Schieler said. "Two of our seniors (Andrew Sauers and Royce Clemens) were brought up for the postseason as freshmen on that 2011 team."

One thing, in particular, jumped out at Schieler when he checked out his team's first-round opponent.

"They're tall for a Division IV team, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4," he said. "Also, Moore, Wiles and Austin, all three are good shooters. They're tough to defend."

Devon Moore is the Squires' most prominent player. The 6-3 Moore averages 19.8 points a game. He's connected for 33 3-point baskets.

Jake Wiles, a junior, and Andrew Austin, a senior, average 9.2 and 9.9 points a game, respectively.


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Sam Saxton, a senior, leads Central in scoring with a 15.1 points-per-game average. Clemens supplies 11.1 a game, and Charlie Gingrich, a sophomore, contributes 9.9 a contest.

Central is averaging 64 points a game while holding opponents to 48 a game. Delone's offensive and defensive numbers are 56.5 and 48.5.

Schieler would like to have more than one practice to prepare for Delone, but he realizes that all the other teams have had practices and games disrupted by the weather, too.

The Panthers' coach knows there's less margin for error at this point of season, particularly if his team hopes to achieve its goal of winning its first league boys' basketball title in 40 years.

"Winning the Division I title was a regular-season award, and it was a good accomplishment," he said. "But it doesn't mean anything right now."

Following are capsulized looks at Friday's other York-Adams Tournament quarterfinal games:

BOYS

Red Lion (18-4) vs. York Suburban (16-6) at Spring Grove: Mike Fox, who recently joined the 1,000-career-points club, leads the Lions with a 17.7 points-a-game average. Stone McCreary (11.3) and Evan Miller (10.6) complement Fox. McCreary and Miller have combined for 88 3-point baskets. Suburban will counter with C.J. Boxley (13.0), P.J. McClane (12.9) and Malique Wise (9.7). The 6-8 Wise is a matchup nightmare, and McClane can score inside and outside of the arc (48 3-point baskets). Suburban averaged 54.7 points a game during the regular season, but Red Lion allowed just 44.2 a game.

York High (16-5) vs. Bermudian Springs (20-1) at Red Lion: The Bearcats and the Eagles also met in the opening round a year ago, with York High taking charge in the second half to earn a 60-38 victory. The Bearcats have played in the last five championship games, winning three of them. York High counts on the strong inside play of Jahaire Wilson (14.8) and a defense that forces turnovers and fuels fast breaks. Trey Shifflett (10.7) and Kristopher Johnson (9.3) are York's second- and third-leading scorers. Shifflett has connected for 25 3-point baskets, including three game-winning shots. Bermudian, whose only loss was by two points to Big Spring, won the regular-season title in York-Adams Division III. Neil Murren popped in 14.6 points a game for the Adams County team, and Alex Huntington and Alex Orwig averaged 9.4 and 9.0, respectively. Huntington and Orwig teamed for 62 3-point baskets. The Eagles were the league's No. 1 in team defense, giving up only 40.1 points a game.

West York (21-1) vs. Hanover (16-5) at Spring Grove: West York will bid for its fourth tournament title in the Coach Bill Ackerman era, having previously won in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Kevin Rice leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 14.6 points a game. Darian McCauley is second at 9.9, and Nick Traettino is the team's 3-point leader with 35. West York's only loss was to Central (71-50), a contest in which Rice did not play due to an injury. Nick Trish and Dylan Krieger form Hanover's one-two scoring punch, accounting for 34.3 points a game. Trish has delivered 45 3-point baskets on his season resume.

GIRLS

Dover (18-2) vs. Bermudian Springs (10-11) at Dallastown: Alayah Hall (16.4 points a game, and a girls' school record of 1,426 points) is Dover's star, but the Eagles' stellar record is a team project. Dover's 'D' checks in at No. 2 on the York-Adams chart with a yield of 38.7 points a game. The Eagles split two games with Susquehannock this season, and their other setback came in a crossover game against Red Lion. Shannon Kuhn (13.2) is the leading scorer for Bermudian, which will try for a huge upset. Dover clinched at least a share of the Division II title. Susquehannock can also get a piece of the crown if the Warriors defeat York Suburban on Thursday night.

York Catholic (18-3) vs. Dallastown (16-6) at Central: When these teams met a little more than two weeks ago in a non-league game, Dallastown earned a 48-41 victory. Amari Johnson (12.1) is the Wildcats' top scorer. In addition to the 6-1 Johnson, Dallastown features another six footer, junior Katie McGowan. The Wildcats are the defending tournament champions. York Catholic held its own in rebounding for most of the first meeting with Dallastown, thanks primarily to the work of Hannah Laslo and Marissa Ressler. Laslo is averaging 10.9 points a game. The Fighting Irish, the Division IV champions, are holding opponents to 39.1 points a game.

Susquehannock (18-3) vs. Delone Catholic (18-3) at Central: Katie Wagner and Shannon Druck combine for 27.8 points per game for Susquehannock, which put itself in position to gain a division co-championship by defeating Dover on Tuesday. The Eagles won the first meeting of the teams this season. The Warriors score 56.3 points a game and allow 40.8. Delone also has an impressive offense-to-defense ratio. The Squirettes are putting up 55 a game and giving up 35. Maddie Comly (17.2) and Mary Gingrow (13.1) comprise Delone's one-two scoring punch.

West York (15-7) vs. Eastern (14-7) at Dallastown: Another game matching two teams that clashed in the regular season. West York won that Dec. 16 game, 49-28. The Bulldogs' Kari Lankford is averaging 14 points a game, and Emily Wood is a backcourt veteran for the Bulldogs, who repeated as York-Adams Division I champion this season. Eastern, meanwhile, captured the Division III crown. Golden Knights senior Morgan Thomas will enter Friday's game with 1,038 career points. Lauren Beaver also averages in double figures, 10 a game, for Eastern.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.