WEEKEND BASKETBALL: Branden Mutunga powers York High boys to pair of key victories
- The York High boys' basketball team earned a pair of big wins over the weekend.
- The Bearcats beat Northeastern on Friday and EEAC on Sunday.
- Branden Mutunga scored 55 points in the two games, including 38 on Sunday.
It was a very successful weekend for Branden Mutunga and the York High boys' basketball program.
The Bearcats started the weekend with a pivotal York-Adams League Division I victory over Northeastern on Friday night, 58-51. Mutunga's 17-point effort led York to that win.
Then on Sunday afternoon, York High earned an 83-74 overtime thriller over Executive Education Academy Charter School at Parkland High School in Allentown behind a 38-point outburst from Mutunga.
Mutunga had nine of York High's 19 OT points. Isiah Carroll added 16 points on Sunday for York High, while Cameron Gallon and Kelvin Matthews added 11 points each.
Against Northeastern, Gallon had 14 points and Antoine Beard had 12 points. The Bearcats stormed out to a 40-22 lead over the Bobcats after three quarters and then withstood a 29-18 Northeastern surge in the final period.
Quay Mulbah (15), Andrew Brodbeck (12) and Karron Mallory (10) hit double digits for Northeastern, which is still playing without injured 1,000-point scorer Nate Wilson.
The win vs. Northeastern allowed the Bearcats to move past the Bobcats and into third place in Y-A D-I. That's important because only the top three teams from D-I will advance to the Y-A playoffs.
York is now 13-5 overall and 8-3 in D-I. Northeastern is 13-6 and 8-4.
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New Oxford, after a 59-47 victory over Red Lion on Friday and a 65-44 win vs. Delone Catholic on Saturday, stands at 16-3 overall and is tied for the D-I lead at 10-2 with Central. The Panthers rolled to D-I wins over South Western on Friday, 62-31, and Spring Grove on Saturday, 72-30, to move to 16-3 overall.
The win vs Red Lion capped a big D-I week for the Colonials, who earlier beat Central and Northeastern. Against Red Lion, Connor Jenkins pumped in 19 points for New Oxford, followed by 11-point efforts from Brayden Long, Adbul Janneh and Tommy Haugh. Red Lion's Davante Dennis scored 17 points, while A.J. Virata added 12. Long had 18 vs. Delone, followed by 15 from Haugh and 11 from Noah Strausbaugh. Red Lion (8-10, 4-8) did rebound with a 49-40 nonleague win vs. Cocalico on Saturday.
Shiloh Johnson (12 points) and Kai'ryn Brown (11 points) led a balanced Central attack vs. South Western.
Dallastown enjoyed a two-win weekend, downing Spring Grove on Friday, 52-40, and Hempfield on Saturday, 48-45, improving to 11-7 overall and 6-6 in D-I.
Spring Grove girls on a roll: The Spring Grove girls, bolstered by the recent return of Ellie Glass to action after recovering from knee surgery, won their third straight by beating the Dallastown Wildcats on Friday, 53-44, and have now won seven of their last eight.
Like the York High boys, the Spring Grove girls (12-4 overall) helped their Y-A playoff chances by moving into a third-place tie with the Wildcats (12-6 overall) in D-I at 6-3.
Red Lion moved to 17-2 overall after a 57-28 pounding of New Oxford on Friday and a 45-22 beating of Elizabethtown on Saturday and leads D-I at 10-1. Central is second in D-I at 9-1 and moved to 15-3 overall after 56-18 demolition of South Western on Friday and a 50-43 win vs. Northeastern on Saturday..
In Spring Grove's win vs. Dallastown, Haley Wagman led the way with 23 points. Lexi Hoffman added 11. D'Shantae Edwards paced Dallastown with 18 points. Dallastown dropped a nonleague contest on Saturday to Lower Dauphin, 44-43.
Red Lion was led to the New Oxford victory by double-digit scoring outings from Makiah Shaw (20), Asia Eames (12) and Kamauri Gordon-Bey (10 points). Morgan Adams' 12 points led New Oxford. Against Elizabethtown, Shaw had 14 and Julia Beiler had 10.
Sarah Berman (16) and Emily Prowell (15) combined for 31 points in Central's win vs. South Western. Against Northeastern, Prowell led the way with 20 points, while the Bobcats were paced by Megan Elzinga (15) and Jordyn Jennings (14). Northeastern, in a 43-23 win over Dover on Friday, got 17 points from Jennings. Brooke Bowman had 15 of Dover's 23 points.
West York girls still alone in first after tight win: The West York girls remained alone in first place in Y-A D-II, but it wasn't easy.
The Bulldogs withstood a fourth-quarter rally by Eastern to escape with the 44-43 win on Friday night, improving to 15-3 overall and 10-1 in the division. Eastern fell to 14-6 and 7-5.
West York led Eastern 34-27 heading into the final period, but the Golden Knights nearly rallied for the win after a 16-10 closing surge. Makennah Hoffman and Dorian Ilyes had 13 points each for West York. Addison Malone and Victoria Zerbe had 12 points each for Eastern, while Mara Weaver contributed 11.
Gettysburg and York Suburban maintained their positions in the D-II girls' race with wins Friday.
The Warriors (15-2 overall) stayed in second in D-II at 9-1 with a 47-31 beating of Susquehannock, while Suburban (12-4 overall) stayed in third at 8-3 with a 31-27 win over Kennard-Dale in a defensive struggle.
Taylor Richardson (17) and Camryn Felix (11) combined for 28 points in Gettysburg's win. Lulu Mooney's 10-point effort was the only double-digit scoring outing in Suburban's win.
Copeland pours in 38 for unbeaten Gettysburg boys: The Gettysburg boys, behind a 38-point outburst from Quadir Copeland, stayed unbeaten with a 74-62 victory over Susquehannock Friday and a 62-44 victory over Dover on Saturday.
The Warriors moved to 17-0 overall and 10-0 in D-II. They've already clinched at least a tie for the division crown.
Suburban (13-4, 8-2) stayed in second in D-II with a 74-47 pounding of Kennard-Dale.
Eastern (10-8 overall) and West York are now tied for third in D-II at 5-5 after Eastern edged West York Friday, 50-44. Trevor Seitz's 19 points led Eastern, while Micah Myers added 11. Ty Nalls (12) and Corey Wise (10) led West York. In a 55-39 nonleague win vs. Garden Spot on Saturday, Seitz pumped in 21 points for Eastern.
West York (9-9) rebounded with a 60-48 nonleague win vs. Mifflin County on Saturday.
Susquehannock rebounded from Friday's loss to Gettysburg with a 78-49 nonleague win vs. Donegal on Saturday to improve to 10-8. Susquehannock's Jake Eden led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Jalen Franklin with 17 and Mike Staub with 14.
Delone girls stay unbeaten: The Delone Catholic girls continued their unbeaten season with a 63-6 pounding of Fairfield on Friday and a 73-42 beating of New Oxford on Saturday.
Brooke Lawyer's 16 points led the Squirettes vs. Fairfield, while Giana Hoddinott and McKenzie Mummert added 10 each. Against New Oxford, Lawyer poured in 23, while Abby Jacoby had 15 and Hoddinott had 14. Morgan Adams had 18 for New Oxford. Delone is 19-0 overall and 10-0 in D-III.
Bermudian stayed right on Delone's heels with a 63-46 victory over Hanover on Friday. The Eagles are 16-2 overall and 9-1 in D-III. The Eagles are at Delone on Tuesday night. In Friday's win, Bermudian was led by Skyler West (14), Hannah Chenault (13) and Bailey Oehmig (13). Hanover fell to 10-9 and 2-7.
The York Catholic girls moved over the .500 mark with a 60-39 win vs. Biglerville on Friday, but fell back to .500 after a 62-55 nonleague loss to Pequea Valley on Saturday. The Irish (10-10 overall) are third in D-III at 7-4. Sam Bulik (18 points) and Gabby Coley (15 points) led the Irish vs. Biglerville. Bulik had 13 points vs. PV (13-4), while Delaney Murphy had 10.
Littlestown boys solidify hold on D-III top spot: The Littlestown boys, with some help from Bermudian Springs, solidified their hold on the top spot in D-III.
The Thunderbolts beat York Tech, 59-48, while Bermudian surprised Hanover, 54-51.
Littlestown (15-3 overall) leads D-III at 10-1. Second-place Hanover (10-7) fell to 7-2 in the division with the loss to the Eagles (5-13, 4-8).
Jayden Weishaar (16) and Brayden Staub (14) led Littlestown. Darnell Wilkes (14) and Jhorielki Cabrera (11) led Tech.
Jay Martinez (16), Jacob Schriver (13) and Brandt Yurick (11) led Bermudian. Kyle Garman (19) and Michael Killinger (10) paced Hanover, which played the second half without its leading scorer Zyaire Myers, who was injured in the first half.
York Catholic is (9-10 overall) moved to 9-3 in the division with a 61-34 triumph over Biglerville on Friday. Ben Nelson-Moir (13) and Luke Forjan (12) led the Irish.
Christian School of York girls win 13th straight: The Christian School of York girls' basketball team ran its winning streak to 13 straight on Friday with a 43-26 triumph over Covenant Christian.
CSY is 14-2 overall and No. 2 in the District 3 Class 1-A power ratings. Covenant Christian is 3-14.
Emma Bell poured in 22 points for CSY. Kayleigh Rhine added 13.
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