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Mike Duffy’s first year playing basketball at South Western High School wasn’t exactly what he was expecting.
Neither was his first year at York College.
After a rough freshman campaign with the Spartans, when they finished with a disappointing 5-20 record, Duffy, now a sophomore, is looking to help right the ship once more.
Just like he did back with the Mustangs, turning a 5-17 team as a freshman into a 14-7 contender as a sophomore.
While it’s definitely too early to get carried away, especially with the season just a few days old, Duffy and his Spartans’ teammates definitely feel like this year will be a different one.
Days after upsetting Middle Atlantic Conference favorite Stevenson in its opener Friday night, York took to its home court at the Grumbacher Center looking to continue its roll against local rival Gettysburg.
Mission accomplished.
The Spartans used a 14-0 run in the first half to submarine the Bullets early. The visitors would never get any closer after that and York cruised to an easy 66-47 triumph Monday evening.
“It was really like a mirror to this,” said Duffy, in comparing his sophomore year in high school to his sophomore year at York. “My freshman year we were so bad. We only won five games, but then my sophomore year it was a little better.”
How did it go the year after that?
“My junior year, it was a lot better,” he said, smiling.
Before anyone wearing green and white gets too far ahead of themselves, Coach Matt Hunter was quick to point out that the season isn’t even a week old.
“We have to keep working the process,” he said. “And keep working to get better. We don’t measure ourselves any different because we won today or lost today. We’ll look at the film, study that and there’s plenty of stuff that we have to get better.”
It was hard to point out any glaring issues against a Bullet team that saddled York with a 69-55 loss a season ago. This time the roles were reversed. York broke an early 5-5 deadlock with a 14-0 run that spanned just 3 minutes and 19 seconds.
Duffy started the run with a 3-point play and also capped it off, all while pouring in eight of his nine points during the spurt.
By the half, the home team led by 18 points (36-18) before stretching the advantage to as much as 28 points (49-21) after a lay-up by Dalton Myers, who finished with team-high 15 points.
If playing so well was not enough for Hunter’s group, they were greeted by players from the men’s soccer and lacrosse teams on their way to their locker room. It was a highly energetic celebration, usually reserved for playoff time, not that Duffy minds it.
“Yeah, seriously,” Duffy said, when asked if it should become a staple for the team all season.
Duffy and his teammates should expect another festive post-game showing Friday night when York plays host to Wilson College at 6 p.m. The Phoenix, who only became a co-ed institution two yeas ago, are in the midst of a 15-game losing streak that dates back to the team’s inaugural season.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.