Northeastern s Khalid Nwandu, right, is swarmed by York High s Derek Wilson, left, and Ohsajid Beard in Wednesday s game. The Bearcats improved their
Northeastern s Khalid Nwandu, right, is swarmed by York High s Derek Wilson, left, and Ohsajid Beard in Wednesday s game. The Bearcats improved their York-Adams League record to 4-0 and overall record to 7-2 with a 91-46 victory over the visiting Bobcats. Nwandu led Northeastern with 15 points. (Bill Kalina photo)

When the buzzer sounded to end the first half on Wednesday night, Northeastern had 21 points and 19 turnovers.

It was that kind of night for the Bobcats against York High's suffocating pressure defense.

The Bearcats turned steals and errant passes into baskets to build a commanding 24-point lead at halftime.

York High continued to harass Northeastern's ball-handlers in the second half, rolling to a 91-46 victory.

The Bearcats improved their York-Adams League record to 4-0 and their overall record to 7-2. Northeastern sustained its first league loss to go with three victories. The Bobcats are 5-4 overall.

York High s Tavon Parker (24) shoots as Northeastern s Robert Wade defends. Parker led all scorers with 18 points. The Bearcats had six players in double
York High s Tavon Parker (24) shoots as Northeastern s Robert Wade defends. Parker led all scorers with 18 points. The Bearcats had six players in double figures and played stellar defense in the win. (Bill Kalina photo)

"When we got in our press, they struggled against it, so we just stayed in it," said York High's Tavon Parker, who led all scorers with 18 points. "They couldn't figure out an answer for it, the turnovers started piling up, and we started converting on the turnovers."

Northeastern led just once in the game, at 4-2.

The Bobcats did forge a tie at 8-8, but Derek Wilson then put the Bearcats ahead for good when he connected on a 3-point shot from the right wing with 3:51 to play in the opening quarter.

The Bearcats then used a 20-3 scoring advantage over the final 4:25 of the second quarter to turn a seven-point lead into a comfortable 45-21 advantage at halftime.

"The game plan was for Derek to contest everything that Khalid (Nwandu) did, and we had good help (defensively) all the way around," York High coach Troy Sowers said. "Defense is going to lead us into our offense. That's what the Bearcats are about."

Sowers said that, slowly but surely, his team is getting to where it needs to be with its zone press.

"The rotations are a little bit quicker, and we're not giving up the sideline as much," he said. "I thought we mirrored the ball well tonight, and we got our turnovers off bad passes."

The defense set the tone for an offense that featured six players in double figures.

Parker, Wilson (13 points), DaiQuest Casiano (12), Ramel Stephens (11), Ohsajid Beard (10) and Trey Shifflett (10) all finished with 10 or more points.

"Tonight, we shared the ball with a passion to get open looks," Sowers said. "When you love your teammates and get easy shots, it's a fun game. We had fun tonight."

The Bearcats didn't have fun in last Friday's 79-65 loss to Lancaster McCaskey, but they rebounded with a dominating performance.

"We came out and played with passion and intensity for 32 minutes," Parker said. "Our motto is we want to be the hammer, not the nail."

Their quickness and anticipation on defense and balance on offense gives York High the potential to pound a lot of opponents.

Khalid Nwandu led Northeastern with 15 points, and Derrick Hoffman added 13.

-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin da@yorkdispatch.com.