Penn State York will play host to the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) men’s and women’s basketball semifinals and championships on Saturday and Sunday.
The action will take place in the gymnasium in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. PSY earned the right to play host to the tournament because the men’s team finished as the top seed in the PSUAC regular season at 15-1.
"Our men's basketball team and (PSY men's head) coach (Parrish) Petry are to be congratulated in securing the No. 1 seed in the conference to earn this opportunity to host,” said Jeff Barkdoll, athletic director at Penn State York. “It is very exciting for us to know that our newly-renovated facility will be utilized for a conference-wide event."
PSY had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will take to the courts at 3 p.m. Saturday when it takes on Penn State Lehigh Valley. Games on Saturday are at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the championship games on Sunday. The women’s championship is at 3 p.m. and the men’s game is slated for 5 p.m.
“I am extremely proud of this group. I knew early in the year that they had the potential to be a good team,” Petry said. “Going through a tough conference and finishing 15-1 says an awful lot about their physical and mental toughness."
PSY won the PSUAC championship three years straight in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They made it to the playoffs last year but fell in semifinals to Penn State Fayette in overtime.
“The bar has been set high here at York by previous championship teams," Petry said. "This year’s team has now climbed over the first hurdle, winning the regular-season championship. Our focus is now on the tournament title. As the regular season champion, the bull's-eye gets bigger and brighter. Hopefully we will be up for the challenge.”
Spectators at the games will experience the campus’ refurbished gym, which was part of a $13.5 addition and renovation to the Ruhl Center, which opened in October. Rosie’s, the campus dining facility, will be open on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The PSY women finished the season with a PSUAC record of 4-10, and an overall record of 9-12, and did not advance to the playoffs.
"One of our goals this year was to bring the Penn State York women's basketball program back to being known as a competitive team in the PSUAC," PSY women's coach Terri Van Slyke said. "I think we accomplished that. Most of our conference games literally came down to being decided in the last two minutes of the game. Unfortunately, we just couldn't quite get over the hump of being the team that came out on top in those games.”
Information for this story was provided in a news release from Penn State York.