DALLASTOWN — The York High boys' basketball team is a work in progress.
The Bearcats are still searching for an identity as they work their way through the first third of the season.
Coach Troy Sowers' team bounced back from two straight losses on Tuesday night by earning a 60-52 York-Adams Division I victory over Dallastown.
Sowers was glad his team came out on top, but wasn't pleased with the Bearcats' overall play.
"It was ugly," he said. "We had six turnovers against Chester and we had 19 against Dallastown, and they didn't really press us until the end. We have to pass the ball better, and our decision making isn't anywhere near where it has to be."
York High has captured the last two District 3 Class AAAA titles and four of the past five York-Adams Tournament championships. The Bearcats, though, lost a number of high-quality players from last year's team.
"We lost 40 points and 32 rebounds a game. I returned one double-figure scorer. I don't have any natural rebounders," Sowers said.
York displayed good scoring balance against Dallastown. Three players finished in double figures and another player delivered nine points. Montrel Morgan led the winners with 18 points, followed by Jacquez Casiano (11), Trey Shifflett (10) and Kris Johnson (nine).
Morgan connected for 14 of his points in the second half. The 6-foot, 2-inch senior guard was a perfect 5 for 5 at the foul line.
"He (Morgan) made good decisions," Sowers said. "He can finish above the rim or hit that nice little pull-up."
Morgan said he felt like the team wasn't ready to play in the first half.
"When we got in the locker room at halftime, we talked about how we had to come out with more energy in the second half," he said. "We did come off two tough games (Spring Grove and Chester), but that's no excuse (for the first-half play)."
Morgan and Casiano combined for 14 points in the third quarter, when the Bearcats outscored the Wildcats, 17-11.
Dallastown's last lead came at the 3:46 mark of the third quarter when Donovan Catchings knocked down a 3-point shot from the left corner to put the Wildcats on top, 34-33.
York High responded with a run of six consecutive points and outscored Dallastown 11-3 to close the third quarter.
The Wildcats drew within five points twice in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't get any closer.
While York High shot very well at the line, Dallastown did not. The Wildcats were just 6 of 14.
Mike Diaz had a strong game inside for Dallastown. The 6-3 senior delivered 19 points. Brandon McGlynn added 10 points, all in the second half. Catchings had nine for the Wildcats.
"This game was very important for us," Morgan said. "We needed to get a win."
Red Lion 50, South Western 45 (OT): At Red Lion, the hosts outscored the Mustangs 9-4 in the overtime frame to record the narrow victory. Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie scored a team-high 14 points for the Lions, while Bennett Frey added 10. South Western’s Dhane Schmelyun dropped a game-high 16 points, while Brock Geiman went for 12 and Jeb Brown added 10.
Eastern York 61, York Suburban 31: At Suburban, the visitors rolled behind 19 points from Broguen Nicholas and 15 from Jared Achterberg. Jack Schultz had 10 points in a losing cause.
York Catholic 36, Bermudian Springs 31: At York Springs, the visitors jumped out to a 20-12 halftime lead and held on. Melik Martin had 13 points for the winners, while Andrew Forjan added 12. Quinton Nace pumped in 17 points for Bermudian.
Northeastern 84, Kennard-Dale 48: At Manchester, Kobi Nwandu and Fred Mulbah each finished with a team-high 17 points for Northeastern, while Jordan Zirkle added 16 points and Donovian Maxfield finished with 11. K-D's Kyle Wooldridge finished with a game-high 23 points, while Adam Freese had 14.
Gettysburg 60, Dover 48: At Dover, the Warriors blew open a close game in the final quarter, outscoring the Eagles, 20-10. Marquise Camel and Max Lampe each totaled a team-high 19 points. Ravaughn Dillard had 17 for the Warriors. Najah Fink held his own for Dover, scoring a game-high 20 points, while Jerry O’Neal (10) was the only other Eagle to reach double digits.
Hanover 57, York Tech 44: At Hanover, Kyle Krout poured in 19 points to lead a trio of Nighthawks in double figures. Will McQueen (14) and Hunter Martz (12) rounded out that list.Ty Brown led the visitors with 16 points.
Red Lion Christian 83, Blue Mountain Christian 39: At Blue Mountain Christian, Tate Pendell led the Swordsmen to the road victory by scoring a team-high 19 points, while dishing out 10 assists. Also for RLC, Robert Englestad knocked in 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, John Keenan scored 16 points and picked up 10 rebounds, Zach Fahs scored 12 points and Myles Willard grabbed 11 rebounds. RLC improved to 5-3.
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