They had to work overtime to do it, but the Penn State York men's basketball team has claimed the Penn State University Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
The local Lions sewed up the title on Friday night with a 90-81 overtime triumph at Penn State Mont Alto to improve to 18-6 overall and 15-1 in the PSUAC. Mont Alto, the defending PSUAC playoff champion, fell to 13-12 and 9-7.
PSY trailed for much of the game, falling behind by as many as 11 points in the first half before storming back for the victory.
Red Lion High School graduate Trent Thomas poured in 30 points for the winners, who outscored Penn State Mont Alto in the OT, 13-4.
Lucas Jewell added a triple-double for PSY with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Susquehannock High School graduate Richard Grant added 17 points and six rebounds.
PSY will now enter the PSUAC playoffs as the No. 1 seed and will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The local Lions are looking for their fourth PSUAC playoff crown in five years.
PSY will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday. In Saturday's semifinals, PSY will play host to the winner of Wednesday's game between the No. 4 seed and the No. 5. seed.
The PSUAC title game is set for Sunday, Feb. 19.
Women's team also wins: The PSY women's team also beat Mont Alto on Friday, 65-56.
Emily Colon (16 points nine rebounds), Red Lion grad Bradania Harrington (15 points, 13 rebounds), Bermudian Springs grad Karra Thomason (14 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals) and West York grad Charizma Johnson (12 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals) powered PSY, which improved to 9-12 and 4-10.