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HOOPS: West York boys roll to win

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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While the West York boys’ basketball team may still be in the running for the York-Adams League Division II title, the Bulldogs know that they won’t achieve that goal without a few hiccups along the way.

Or, as Coach Bill Ackerman likes to call them, "battle scars."

Ackerman’s club hasn’t had the easiest of times early in the season. After starting the season with three straight victories, the Bulldogs entered Monday’s home contest against Susquehannock with just one win over their last five contests.

But Monday’s tilt in the Dawg Pound — their first home game of the year — seemed to be just what Ackerman and his crew needed. It didn’t hurt that the Warriors were missing three starters because of unspecified team violations.

The Bulldogs pressed, pressed and continued to press the visitors into submission all night. All but one West York player scored points as the Bulldogs, who dropped games over the holidays to York High and McCaskey, blitzed Susquehannock, 67-22.

“Our quote for tonight was ‘let’s turn our battle scars into badges of honor,'” Ackerman said. “And we certainly have some scars. But you if you don’t use them at some point for the good, then they’re just scars.”

Having to play against teams such as the Bearcats and Tornadoes helped prepare the Bulldogs (5-4 overall, 3-2 Division II). They pressed some inexperienced Warrior players into 23 turnovers, 18 of which came during a first half in which they stormed out to a 38-12 advantage.

While the pressure wasn’t quite as effective in the second half, the Bulldogs built on the lead by making shots and collecting rebounds. West York converted on 30 of 47 shots (64 percent) while outrebounding the Warriors, 27-17.

Ackerman was quick to point out that those gaudy numbers were helped in part by the fact that Susquehannock was short-handed.

“(Susquehannock coach John Zerfing) is down some guys,” Ackerman said. “So you have to take this with a grain of salt. It will be a different game when we have to go down there.”

That visit to Glen Rock later in the month will be one of the few road games remaining on the team’s schedule. All four of their league tilts previously were on the road. In addition they played four tournament contests away from their soon-to-be retired facility.

“This was our home opener,” Ackerman said. “Our first game on this floor, and I think that (having the home crowd) played a large part in (the score) too.”

Darian McCauley led four West York players in double figures with 15 points. The Bulldog senior converted on all seven of his attempts for the contest while playing less than 16 minutes. Anthony Hawkins, who also made all of his five attempts for the night, chipped in 11 points, while Kenton Meckley and Josh Bailey each tallied 10 points.

Jordan McMillion led the Warriors (3-6, 2-4) with six points.

Notes: While the Bulldogs will get to play a majority of their remaining games at home down the stretch, they won’t have the opportunity to play any regular-season games in their new facility. Their new gym, just a hallway  away from the old facility, is expected to be open for play later this month.

The West York girls’ basketball team is scheduled to play two games on their new court. The facility will quickly be christened for playoff basketball next month. The school is slated to host a York-Adams League basketball tournament doubleheader.

While Ackerman’s group will only get to practice on the court during the regular season, they will have an opportunity to play a District 3-AAA first-round game at home if they finish in the top eight in the rankings by the end of the campaign. That fact is something that the veteran coach hopes will be a motivating factor for his group down the stretch.

“If we make districts and get a home game…yes,” he said. “That would be the only way. But we’re not worried about that (yet). We just have to make sure we go 1-0 tomorrow.”

The Bulldogs host York Suburban (4-8, 2-4) Tuesday before finishing off the week against rival Northeastern (8-1, 5-0) on Friday.

BOYS' GAMES

Middletown 59, Dover 48: At Middletown, the Eagles couldn't overcome a 39-19 Middletown run during the second and third quarters of the non-league game. Middletown enjoyed a 21-8 advantage in scoring from the free throw line. Keith Davis (13) and Najah Fink (11) cracked double figures in points for Dover.

York Country Day 75, Christian School of York 35: At York, the Greyhounds built a 27-point halftime lead over the Crusaders, eventually cruising to their ninth straight win. YCD, the top team in the District 3-A power ratings, had four different players reach double figures in the game, led by DeAireus Brown's game-high 22 points. D.J. Hamilton had 15 points, Jordan Ray added 14 and Tom Wymard finished with 12. Anthony Torreullos was the only CSY player to reach double digits, finishing with 11 points.

GIRLS' GAME

Gettysburg 44, Spring Grove 39: At Gettysburg, Hanna James and Devetche Johnson carried the Warriors to the narrow victory over the Rockets, combining for 30 of the team's 44 points. James led her team with 16 points, while Johnson added 14. For Spring Grove, it got 16 points from Abbie Marquette, while Morgan Hagerman finished with 10.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.