York High point guard Cameron Gallon talks Bearcats basketball following the team's win over Northeastern in the District 3 5-A quarterfinals. JACOB CALVIN MEYER, 717-505-5406/@jcalvinmeyer
The main takeaway following most York High boys’ basketball contests during its eight-game winning streak has been about the Bearcats’ balance.
York High’s District 3 Class 5-A quarterfinal playoff game against Northeastern on Thursday was no different.
Nine different Bearcats scored. Seven logged three or more rebounds. Five had multiple assists.
Clovis Gallon Jr. and Edward Minter gave York High the lead in the first quarter, and Cameron Gallon and Marquise McClean sealed the 80-57 home victory.
“When we’re able to do that as a team and have that kind of balance, it will hopefully in the end take a toll on a team,” said head coach Clovis Gallon Sr.
With the win, the No 3-seeded Bearcats (22-3) will play No. 7 Muhlenberg (17-8) on Monday in the semifinals. Tip for the game at York High is 7 p.m. York High is undefeated at home this season at 12-0.
Gallon Jr. starts game hot: Gallon Jr. started the contest by scoring York High’s first seven points on three straight made baskets. It looked like the senior McDonald’s All-America nominee was going to put on a show for the large crowd at York High.
Instead, Northeastern (14-10) switched to a box-and-one defense, which is often used against teams with one star player and less talented players around him or her. Four defenders play zone, while the fifth shadows the star player.
Gallon Sr. said the defensive switch gave more scoring opportunities to the players around Gallon Jr., who took only a few shots the rest of the game.
“They tried to shadow him everywhere he went on the floor,” Gallon Sr. said. “We trust our team. We’re not going to run our stuff through one guy and try to get one guy 40 or 50 points. That’s not the way we do things here.”
Minter closes first quarter: One of those players was Minter, a senior guard who is mostly known as a high-energy player on defense and in the paint. Twice in the first quarter, however, he was open in the left corner from behind the 3-point arc, where he rarely shoots. He knocked down both shots en route to an 11-point first quarter.
“It was huge,” Gallon Sr. said. “The forward sagged back into the lane and gave Eddie that open look at the basket. It opened up the lane for us to attack the paint.”
Minter and Gallon Jr. combined for 18 of York High’s 20 points in the first quarter, giving the Bearcats an eight-point lead. Minter finished with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Gallon ended with nine points, five rebounds and three assists.
Cameron Gallon’s third quarter: York High exited halftime with a 30-24 lead after a poor second period, during which the Bearcats made one basket and scored only 10 points.
Point guard Cameron Gallon, who was inserted into the starting lineup about three weeks ago, led the Bearcats with nine points in the third quarter. Gallon Sr. has often referred to his younger son as a “gamer” following performances when the junior played well on defense or made open shots from behind the arc.
On Thursday, however, Cameron Gallon was strong getting to the basket, making three layups in heavy traffic in the period. He finished with 13 points, all of which came in the second half.
“They were face guarding Clovis. I just thought I needed to make plays, and I took my opportunities,” Cameron Gallon said. “If I see a little lane, I automatically go.”
McClean finishes strong: While Cameron Gallon’s 13-point second half helped stave off a Northeastern comeback, it was McClean who was the star of the final 16 minutes. The forward dominated down low, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds in the second half. Cameron Gallon and McClean combined to score 33 of York High’s 50 points in the second half.
“When teams try to take (away) Clovis, they have to worry about Marquise and our other players,” Cameron Gallon said. “When they just focus on one or two guys, they can’t do all that.”
The contest was McClean’s fifth since returning from a hip injury. Gallon Sr. said he looked 100 percent in the Bearcats’ win over New Oxford in the York-Adams League tournament championship, in which the senior led the team with 14 points.
If McClean was 100 percent then, he’s 150 percent now. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter on four layups and going 6 of 6 from the line. He finished the game with a game-high 22 points and seven rebounds. Thursday was also McClean’s 18th birthday, and Gallon Sr. said the performance was icing on the cake for his second-leading scorer.
“Happy birthday, Marquise, if you (read) this,” Gallon Sr. said. “We felt like we had an advantage inside with our physicality, and he was able to take advantage of that.”
Wilson leads Bobcats: Nate Wilson paced Northeastern with 17 points. He made three 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists. Andrew Brodbeck chipped in with 12, while Quay Mulbah had seven points, five boards and four assists.
The Bobcats will move into the consolation bracket. They face off against No. 2 seed Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday. Tip at Lampeter-Strasburg is 7 p.m.
Gettysburg 58, West York 54: At West York, the Bulldogs got surprised by their York-Adams Division II rival in a District 3 Class 5-A consolation game.
The loss ended the season for sixth-seeded West York at 18-7. Gettysburg stayed alive for a state berth and improved to 13-11.
West York beat Gettysburg twice during the regular season, each time by at least 10 points.
Charles Warren (19 points), Ammon Robinson (11 points) and Zach Ketterman (10 points) led Gettysburg. Gabe Mummert (13), Jared Shearer (13) and Alex McClellan (10) combined for 36 of West York's points.
Gettysburg will travel to No. 10 seed Milton Hershey at 7 p.m. Monday in another consolation contest. Milton Hershey (17-7) downed Big Spring on Thursday, 86-54.
Lancaster Catholic 60, Littlestown 51: At Littlestown, the home team jumped out to a 19-4 lead, but couldn't hold it in a District 3 Class 4-A quarterfinal setback.
Fourth-seeded Littlestown fell to 22-3. Fifth-seeded Lancaster Catholic improved to 15-9.
Jakob Lane led Littlestown with 16 points, while Dan Gazmen added 11 and Jayden Weishaar chipped in 10. Littlestown's top scorer, Logan Collins was held to six points before fouling out.
Littlestown will travel to top-seeded Eastern York in a consolation contest at 7 p.m. Monday. Eastern (19-5) lost its quarterfinal Thursday vs. Susquehanna Twp.
Susquehanna Twp. 63, Eastern York 61: At Wrightsville, the top-seeded Golden Knights were upset by eighth-seeded Susquehanna Twp. in a District 3 Class 4-A quarterfinal.
The Knights dropped to 19-4. Susquehanna Twp. improved to 13-11.
Trevor Seitz pumped in 26 points in a losing cause, including four 3-pointers. Demonte Martin added 14 points and Kaleb Corwell chipped in 11 points.
Eastern will now play host to Littlestown at 7 p.m. Monday in a district consolation contest. Fourth-seeded Littlestown (22-3) lost to fifth-seeded Lancaster Catholic on Thursday, 60-51.
New Oxford 53, Dover 44, OT: At New Oxford, the fifth-seeded Colonials won the battle of York-Adams League teams in a District 3 Class 5-A consolation game over No. 13 seed Dover.
Dover's season ended at 13-12. New Oxford improved to 20-7.
Abdul Janneh (16) and Cameron Krebs (10) reached double digits in scoring for New Oxford. Victor Dorm led Dover with 16 points, while Elijah Sutton added 15.
New Oxford will now face 16th-seeded Cocaclio (14-10) in a consolation game at 7 p.m. Monday at New Oxford. Cocaclio won Thursday over eighth-seeded Shippensburg, 72-66.
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