Parker Weekly had been thinking about Senior Night for a long time.
The night when he would play his final regular-season home game on the West York basketball floor.
The moment arrived on Tuesday when Parker and the team's other four seniors were honored before West York's game against Northeastern.
The Bulldogs then gave their fans another winning performance.
West York defeated the Bobcats, 72-60, to secure its 20th victory against just one defeat.
"It was really emotional tonight," Weekly said. "It's always been my lifelong dream to be a Bulldog and play in a Senior Night game like this."
Weekly, a 6-foot, 3-inch forward, scored 12 points, handed out 10 assists and pulled down seven rebounds.
"The guys were cutting for me," Weekly said, explaining how he hit double digits in assists. "It's chemistry because we go back to fourth grade playing together."
Kevin Rice, a senior who leads the team in scoring, delivered a game-high 23 points, and Noah Cable, another senior, scored 11 points. Josh Bailey, a sophomore, finished with 12 points. Rice beat the halftime buzzer with jumper from the right corner to give his team a three-point edge (35-32) at the break. Nick Traettino supplied the assist on Rice's basket.
"I didn't know he was going to pass the ball to me," Rice said. "The form was good, and I thought it had a chance to go in. That was a great way to end the half because it gave us momentum going into the second half."
The Bulldogs began the second half with Weekly hitting Rice with a pass in the lane. Rice then scored on a layup to push the advantage to five points.
"Those two plays are kind of a microcosm of what we've done," West York coach Bill Ackerman said. "Our kids really share the basketball. There was only one game this year where we weren't over 75 percent in assists-to-field goals ratio."
Ackerman will always carry fond memories of the five players (Weekly, Rice, Cable, Clayton Frey and Chase Neiderer) who won't return next year.
"I get a lump in my throat just thinking about this group of seniors," he said. "They probably saved my basketball life. They kind of reflected my faith in what we do."
To earn its latest victory, West York had to cut down on the 3-point attempts in the second half. After making just 2 of 10 from behind the arc in the first half, the Bulldogs attempted just three 3-point shots in the final half.
"I don't mind threes if we go inside-out," Ackerman said. "I didn't like the perimeter, perimeter, shoot a three that we did in the first half. In the second half, we did a better job of attacking, and defensively, we did a good job of closing down the gaps."
While the final margin of victory was fairly comfortable, Northeastern made West York earn it. The Bobcats were within two points (43-41) with 4:22 to play in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs then closed the quarter by outscoring the visitors, 9-3. Northeastern kept battling in the fourth quarter, but it couldn't draw any closer than six points.
Derrick Hoffman led the Bobcats with 17 points, and Kobi Nwandu supplied 12 points.
West York was very good at the foul line, knocking in 17 of 22 (77.3 percent). Northeastern was 23 of 34 (67.6 percent).
Cable was a perfect 5-for-5 at the line.
"It means a whole lot to me playing in this game," Cable said. "We've been working hard this whole season, and even beginning back in the offseason. Now, it crazy, we've come all the way to Senior Night."
West York, 12-1 in league play and the Division II champion, will close its regular season on Friday at Kennard-Dale. Northeastern, 6-6 in league games and 10-9 overall, will visit Dover on Friday.
OTHER BOYS' BASKETBALL
Central 59, South Western 31: At Hanover, Nathan Markey's game-high 16 points, including four from 3-point range, helped lead the Panthers to the York-Adams Division I victory. With the victory, Central has improved to 12-0 in the division and 17-2 overall. The Panthers have clinched a tie for the York-Adams Division I title.
Red Lion 64, Spring Grove 51: At Red Lion, Mike Fox poured in 19 points, Stone McCreary added 15 and Jason Rebuck chipped in 14 to lead the home team. Nick Spangler (16), Eli Brooks (13) and Colin Marshall (10) hit double digits for Spring Grove. Red Lion improved to 17-3 overall and 10-3 in York-Adams Division I.
York Catholic 48, York Tech 39: At Spry, the Fighting Irish were outscored 11-5 in the first quarter, but outscored the Spartans in each succeeding quarter to earn the win. Paul Martello led the winners with 21 points, while Matt McKim added 13. Martello had three 3-pointers. Donte Grim led Tech with 11 points. York Catholic improved to 9-9 overall and 9-4 in York-Adams Division IV. The Irish are tied for first in the division.
Eastern York 53, Susquehannock 46: At Wrightsville, a 16-4 second-quarter run sparked Eastern to the win. Broguen Nicholas and Grum Kebede scored 14 points each with two 3-pointers. Christian Buser added 13 for the winners. Dan Ferraro scored a game-high 18 points for Susquehannock. He also had two 3-pointers. Eastern improved to 11-7 overall and 7-4 in York-Adams Division III.
Dover 81, New Oxford 41: At Dover, Ryan Beck led the Eagles to the York-Adams Division II victory by scoring a game-high 30 points, including six 3-pointers. Teammates Malec Snyder and Najah Fink each knocked in 12 points.
York Suburban 90, Littlestown 50: At Suburban, the Trojans lit up the scoreboard, paced by 24 points from Malique Wise and 21 points from P.J. McClane. McClane had five 3-pointers. Thirteen Suburban players scored. The Trojans improved to 13-5 overall and 10-2 in York-Adams Division III.
York High 73, Dallastown 50: At York High, the Bearcats led 30-24 at the half and went on to capture the York-Adams Division I victory. Kristopher Johnson led the home team by scoring 15 points. Teammates D'montie Shaw knocked in 12, while Brandon Smallwood and Trey Shifflett each scored 10. For the Wildcats, Jon Robertson scored 16 points, while Mitch Small scored 10. York High improved to 7-4 in the division and 13-5 overall.
Red Lion Christian 82, Lebanon Christian 76: At Red Lion, the Swordsmen won a high-scoring affair behind 29 points from Corbin Willard and 27 from Jake Myers. Willard had six 3-pointers and 10 assists. Chance Thompson chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Zach Mercy collected 13 points. RLC improved to 13-2.
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