WEST YORK — A shooter’s mentality demands that they believe they'll always make the next shot they take.
While not much was going right for Northeastern’s Andrew Brodbeck Monday evening, the Bobcat standout still made his biggest shot of the night when his team needed it the most.
Northeastern and West York were mired in a low-scoring, 32-all affair with under 90 seconds left in a District 3 Class 5-A first-round game. That's when Brodbeck found himself open for a look beyond the 3-point stripe in the corner. With a Bulldog defender closing in, the Northeastern junior set his feet and nailed the go-ahead shot.
Then he turned toward his bench and screamed before heading up the court.
Brodbeck’s only 3-pointer of the night was a dagger in the hearts of the Bulldogs, helping the Bobcats pull out a 39-32 victory in a battle of York-Adams League rivals.
“I was waiting all day to make one,” said Brodbeck, who finished with a game-high 11 points. “I passed up a 3 before that and, even though I was missing earlier, I didn’t hesitate to shoot this one.”
Northeastern coach Jon Eyster was also waiting to see some life from his guard. Eyster felt his standout was a little gun shy at times.
“We wanted him to shoot that,” Eyster said. “We wanted a good shot, and he even passed up some shots. I thought he passed up a bunch of shots throughout the night for one reason or another. This was a district playoff game, so that was big for him. Hopefully he builds some confidence from that moving forward.”
Limiting McClellan: The Bobcats were held to their second-lowest point output of the season — the previous low was a 55-37 loss against New Oxford. Still, Eyster was more than happy with his team’s defensive effort against a West York team that scored a 61-53 victory over Northeastern the last time the two teams met back in late December. Bulldog standout Alex McClellan scored 33 points in that contest, but Eyster’s club limited McClellan to nine points on Monday and none in the second half.
“In the first one he was very comfortable,” Eyster said. “We didn’t make him uncomfortable at all. And here (at West York), if he’s in a rhythm here, he’s knocking them all down. He can shoot, and he doesn’t have to have a lot of room. He’s got a quick release, and he’s a good athlete.”
McClellan hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and another in the second before the Bobcats switched to a box-and-one formation that seemed to effectively put a lid on the Bulldog standout.
“He didn’t seem like he was going to miss,” Eyster said. “So we had to change it up a little bit.”
York High up next for Northeastern: Monday’s triumph officially clinched another PIAA berth for the No. 11 seed Bobcats (14-9), who made it to the quarterfinals last year. Eyster knows, however, that it will take a more complete performance come Thursday when his team squares off against another Y-A foe in Division I rival York High, which recently won the Y-A playoff title. The Bearcats defeated the Bobcats twice during the regular season, including a 71-57 setback last month.
“We’re looking forward to that,” Eyster said. “The first time we played them (a 69-65 loss) we had so many silly mistakes. And the second time, they didn’t have Marquise (McClean), so that had a little different feel to it. You know, they’re really good, so we’ll have to play really well.”
The win over West York helped Northeastern ease the pain of a late-season slide that cost the Bobcats any chance of making the Y-A playoffs. The Bobcats ended the regular season with five losses in their last seven games.
West York still alive: As disappointing as the loss was for West York (18-6), who entered as the No. 6 seed in the 16-team draw, the Bulldogs' season isn’t over. Coach Garrett Bull and his team will have to win three-straight games to earn a state berth, starting with Thursday’s consolation contest at home against fellow Division II rival Gettysburg. West York beat Gettysburg twice during the regular season.
“It was a hard game to lose tonight,” Bull said. “I mean, you hold a team to 39 points, and you don’t really expect to lose that game. But the ball didn’t go in tonight for us on the perimeter. I was told (by my staff) that we were like 4 for 31 form 3, so whatever the heck (that percentage) is (13 percent). So now we get Gettysburg again, and I know we’d like to see an out-of-area team but it is what it is.”
York High 85, Gettysburg 50: At York, in another all-York-Adams League battle, the Bearcats completely dominated the Warriors.
No. 3 seed York improved to 21-3. No. 14 seed Gettysburg dropped to 12-11.
Dayvon Cortez (17), Clovis Gallon Jr. (16) and Cameron Gallon (10) each reached double digits in points for York. Josh Topper led Gettysburg with 21 points, while Charles Warren added 13.
The Bearcats, who have clinched a state playoff berth, will play host to Northeastern in a quarterfinal contest at 7 p.m. Thursday. Gettysburg will visit West York in a consolation game at the same time.
Garden Spot 41, New Oxford 39: At New Oxford, the Colonials got upset in a District 3 5-A first-round contest.
No. 5 seed New Oxford drops to 19-7, while No. 12 seed Garden Spot moves to 16-9. Brayden Long led New Oxford with nine points.
The Colonials were coming off a loss in the York-Adams League title game vs. York High.
The Colonials' season, however, still isn't over. They will play in a consolation contest at 7 p.m. Thursday at home vs. No. 13 seed Dover.
If New Oxford can win three straight consolation games it can still earn the ninth-place 5-A state berth from District 3.
Northern York 67, Dover 52: At Dillsburg, the 13th-seeded Eagles fell to the fourth-seeded Polar Bears in a District 3 Class 5-A first-round game.
Dover led 13-12 after the first quarter, but Northern controlled play after that, building a 32-20 halftime lead and never looking back.
Keith Davis led Dover with 24 points, while Elijah Sutton and Victor Dorm added 12 points apiece
Dover fell to 13-10. Northern improved to 21-3 and will advance to the quarterfinals vs. Garden Spot.
The Eagles will visit New Oxford in a consolation contest on Thursday.
Kutztown 48, Biglerville 36: At Kutztown, the No. 6 seed Canners fell to No. 3 seed Kutztown in a District 3 Class 3-A first-round contest.
Biglerville got 13 points each from Gavin Parker and Drew Riley. The Canners' season ends at 13-10. Kutztown improves to 17-7 and moves to Thursday's 3-A semifinals.
Cedar Crest 43, Central York 37: At Lebanon, the Panthers led for most of the game but couldn't hold on in a District 3 Class 6-A first-round battle.
Central led 23-15 at halftime behind a 17-point outburst from Sarah Berman and 34-27 after three quarters, but got outscored 16-3 in the final eight minutes. Berman finished the game with 19 points, while Emily Prowell added 12.
No. 5 Cedar Crest improves to 18-6. No. 12 seed Central sees its season end at 9-14.
Governor Mifflin 37, Red Lion 29: At Shillington, Red Lion led after each of the first three quarters, but couldn't hold on in a District 3 6-A first-round battle.
The Mustangs ended on an 11-0 run. Makiah Shaw had 10 points to lead the Lions.
No. 11 seed Red Lion finishes the season at 12-11. No. 6 seed Gov. Mifflin improves to 18-8.