York men's basketball team plays twice, gets three wins

  • The York College men's basketball team is enjoying its best season ever during the Matt Hunter era.
  • York won Saturday when Central York grad Jared Wagner converted a three-point play late in the game.
  • York got an extra CAC win when it was learned Mary Washington used an ineligible player on Jan. 21.

The York College men's basketball team is enjoying its best season ever during the Matt Hunter era.

That season got a whole lot better over the past week when the Spartans picked up three Capital Athletic Conference victories since Tuesday despite having played just two games on the court.

Central York High School graduate Jared Wagner scored 17 points Thursday night for York College.

On Tuesday, Mary Washington and the CAC announced that the Eagles' 94-83 conference win over York on Jan. 21 will be nullified because Mary Washington used an ineligible player. By conference rule, the Jan. 21 result will be reversed in the conference standings. The overall NCAA records for each team are not affected, according to the release.

On Wednesday, York won at Wesley, 89-69, and followed that up on Saturday with a dramatic 62-61 triumph at Marymount when freshman guard Jared Wagner converted a three-point play with 8.5 seconds left. Wagner is a Central York High School grad. He finished the game with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Blayde Reich led York on Saturday with 24 points and five rebounds. He was 10 for 16 from the floor. Matt Scamuffo added 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Spring Grove grad Darin Gordon chipped in with eight points and three rebounds.

For the season, the 6-foot, 1-inch Wagner is averaging 6.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Gordon, a 6-3 freshman, averages 4.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.

The win snapped York's eight-game losing streak to the Saints and also locked up the third seed in the upcoming, six-team CAC playoffs. That means York's first CAC playoff game, against the No. 6 seed, will be at Wolf Gym in the Grumbacher Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The Spartans will be making their first tournament appearance since the 2012-13 season. York's 15 wins are the most since 2011-12 when they went 18-11. They are also the most during Hunter's five seasons as York's coach.

York stands at 15-8 overall and 11-5 in the CAC.

After a three-game road swing, the Spartans finally head back to Wolf Gymnasium, where they will end the season with two consecutive home games. York plays host to Frostburg State on Wednesday evening at Wolf Gym. Tip time is scheduled for 8 p.m. The Spartans then close out the regular season next Saturday when they host nationally-ranked Christopher Newport at 3 p.m.