The York College men's basketball team has gotten off to fast starts during most games this season.
Wednesday, Dec. 6, inside Charles Wolf Gymnasium, was not one them.
After trailing by five points just more than six minutes into action against visiting Frostburg State, the Spartans finally hit their collective "go" switch a few minutes later. A 13-0 run turned a 23-21 deficit into a 34-23 lead with just more than six minutes left in the opening half.
Once York kicked things into gear, there was little that that the Bobcats could do. Led by big nights from seniors Dalton Myers and Blayde Reich, the Spartans cruised to an comfortable 92-75 victory.
York remained unbeaten at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference. Frostburg dropped to 4-3 and 2-1.
"Sometimes we need our bench to spark us," said Reich, who scored 24 points.
Reich sparked his team defensively. The 6-foot, 5-inch senior created havoc at the point of York's full-court pressure defense.
"It's tiring, but it's my role on the team to just run around and try to get tips and help our guys in the backcourt," he said. "I just do what I have to help us win."
The Spartans were able to maintain a double-digit lead throughout the second half, although a scrappy Bobcats squad made it close a few times. After York took its biggest lead of the night at 60-36, the visitors rallied back to draw within nine midway through the second half.
"We just kind of had to take their push and then, when that's over, push back," Reich said.
Myers (28 points, 10 rebounds) and Reich, however, combined to score 10 points during an 11-4 response to restore the advantage to a non-threatening level.
"The more touches in the paint that we (Myers and Reich) get, the better we are," Reich said. "But our main role isn't really to score. It's to kick the ball out for open shots because we have some of the best shooters in the league."
Central York High School graduate Jared Wagner chipped in 12 points to go with three rebounds and three assists in the victory.
York visits Marymount (3-4, 2-1) Saturday, Dec. 9, before embarking on a pair of contests against Centennial Conferfence foes Swarthmore (Dec. 13) and Dickinson (Dec. 19). Then comes the holiday break. Swarthmore is ranked No. 14 nationally in NCAA Division III according to d3hoops.com.
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