So far, so perfect for the Central York Panthers in the December portion of the boys' basketball schedule.
Coach Kevin Schieler's team improved its record to 6-0 on Tuesday night with a 55-47 York-Adams Division I victory over Dallastown.
"I don't think in any of my five years here that we started 6-0," Schieler said. "We lost six seniors, and all six started multiple games for us last year. We (Schieler and the other coaches) know whoever has the ball in his hands, we have faith he can score."
Three unheralded players rewarded their coaches' confidence in the latest victory by knocking down 3-point shots in the fourth quarter of a tight game.
Landyn Ray, who had taken just one shot through the first three quarters, connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing with 5 minutes, 48 seconds remaining in the final quarter to snap a 36-36 tie.
After Dalastown's Mike Diaz cut the advantage to one with a rebound basket, Central's Tommy O'Neill hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to four points.
Following a Dallastown miss, Central's Garrett Markey completed the trifecta by drilling a 3-pointer at the 4:07 mark to swell the margin to seven points.
Dallastown didn't draw closer than five points the rest of the way.
"We want them to take those shots, we have confidence in them," said Central's Jared Wagner, who led all scorers with 21 points. "Last year, we were pretty close as a team, but this is something special to play with these guys."
Wagner, one of two returning starters (Nathan Markey is the other), got off to slow start and didn't score in the first quarter.
"I was forcing stuff, especially in the first quarter," he said. "Coach told me to let the game come to me."
After missing his first four shots, Wagner made five of his next 11. He didn't miss at the foul line all night, converting all 11 of his opportunities.
Markey added 10 points for the winners.
Brandon McGlynn and Donovan Catchings scored 11 points each for Dallastown.
"Credit to them (Central)." Wildcats' coach Mike Grassel said. "Three big shots (in the fourth quarter). I thought we played much better on the defensive end for 95 percent of the game. Offensively, we got looks, but we didn't finish."
Team play at both ends of the floor has been huge for Central in its 6-0 run. So has the support of the home crowd.
"We're going to complain about it in January, but we've been home the whole month of December," Schieler said. "It has helped our younger guys adjust to playing at this level.
"Hopefully, we can get the crowd to travel with us in January."
OTHER BOYS' GAMES
Northeastern 73, Eastern York 51: At Manchester, the Bobcats had three players with 16 or more points: Donovian Maxfield (19), Jeff Reynolds (18) and Kobi Nwandu (16). Northeastern improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in York-Adams Division II. Eastern was led by Jared Woods (21 points) and Broguen Nicholas (17).
Susquehannock 53, York Suburban 51: At Glen Rock, the Warriors overcame a 14-6 hole after the first quarter to earn the win. Jordan McMillion led the Warriors with 12 points, while Nick Tannura and Josh Stoneberg added 11 each. Thomas Merkle's 14 points paced Suburban, while Zach Weinstein added 12 and Marcus Trust chipped in 11.
Dover 62, West York 40: At Dover, the home team rolled to a surprisingly easy triumph. Brady Bowman (18), Najah Fink (16), Jerry O'Neal (13) and Keith Davis (10) each hit double digits for the Eagles. Darian McCauley's 14 points paced West York.
York High 71, New Oxford 47: At York, the Bearcats only led by 10 points at halftime, but picked it up offensively in the second half, outscoring the Colonials 34-20. Four York High players scored double-digit points, led by Trey Shifflett’s team-high 15. Montrel Morgan and Jacquez Casiano each had 12 and Jayden Iturmendi finished with 10. New Oxford got a huge offensive effort from Devan Duvall, who finished with 24 points.
Gettysburg 54, Kennard-Dale 35: At Gettysburg, Marquise Camel and Max Lampe shined offensively for Gettysburg. Camel finished with a game-high 13 points and Lampe was right behind with 12 on four 3-pointers. Adam Freese led K-D with 10 points.
Spring Grove 60, South Western 42: At Hanover, Eli Brooks stole the show, scoring half of the Rockets’ 60 points. The highly-touted junior nailed nine field goals, including five 3-pointers. Darin Gordon and Jon Sager each scored 10 for the winners. For South Western, Brock Geiman scored 21 points.
York Catholic 79, York Tech 50: At York Tech, three Fighting Irish players hit double figures. D'Andre Davis led all scorers with 15 points for York Catholic, while Kyle Derowski and Joe Bauhof each added 12. For the Spartans, Ty Brown led the way with 12 and Jed Smith added 11.
York Country Day 70, Carson Long 37: At York Country Day, the Greyhounds continued their impressive start to the season, easily dispatching the visitors. DeAireus Brown continues to shine on the offensive side of the ball, scoring a game-high 26 points for YCD. D.J. Hamilton (15) and Jordan Ray (13) also had double-digit games for the winners.
Reach Dick VanO'Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.