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BOYS' HOOPS: Central edges York High

DICK VanO'LINDA
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After wiping out a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit, York High appeared to be the team with the momentum heading into overtime against Central York on Tuesday night.

The appearance proved deceiving.

Instead, the Panthers found new life in the extra period, outscoring the Bearcats 10-2 to record a 77-69 victory and remain unbeaten in Division I of the York-Adams League.

Central never trailed in the OT, scoring the first six points. All of the Panthers'  overtime points came at the foul line.

"I think one thing we need to work on as a team is how to handle pressure," Central's Jared Wagner said. "Getting up on them that much (Central led by as many as 15 in the third quarter), we played really well. We had a lapse in the fourth quarter, but we started playing well again."

Wagner led all scorers with 21 points. The 6-foot senior, who was a perfect 7 for 7 at the foul line, racked up 19 of his points in the second half.

"It's crazy. I think I took more shots in the first half than the second half, but I ended up with more points in the second half," Wagner said. "I was forcing them a little too much in the first half."

Central, which fell in overtime to Carlisle this past Saturday for its first loss of the season, rebounded with an OT victory over the Bearcats, the defending York-Adams and District 3-AAAA champion.

"I was happy with the way we responded," Central head coach Kevin Schieler said. "It's a great bounce back after a loss. Our team energy is based on Jared's energy. Whether he's scoring or making big plays on defense, or big hustle plays."

Wagner led the way, but there were plenty of other contributors who helped Central remain unbeaten at home this season. Courtney Batts, a 6-2 junior, delivered 15 points, nine in the first quarter, and Landyn Ray, a 5-11 sophomore, came off the bench to score 14 points.

"They (Batts and Ray) both played great," Wagner said. "That definitely was big for us tonight."

York High's Trey Shifflett almost matched Wagner by leading the Bearcats with 20 points, 14 in the second half. Kris Johnson and Montrel Morgan added 17 apiece for York High. Johnson had the final shot of regulation, but his foul-line jumper was just off the mark.

"Kris got a good look, but we can't just look at that one shot," York High head coach Troy Sowers said. "Our shot selection right now is bad. We looked selfish. It is what it is."

The Bearcats put together a terrific fourth quarter, outscoring the Panthers, 17-7. However, in the overtime, York connected on only 1 of 5 shots and committed two turnovers.

BOYS' GAMES

Northeastern 68, Gettysburg 54: At Gettysburg, Donovian Maxfield exploded for 16 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Bobcats put away the hosts. Maxfield netted five 3-pointers, four of them coming in the closing quarter. Fred Mulbach added 16 points for Northeastern, and teammate Kobi Nwandu chipped in with 14 points. Ravaugh Dillard (17), Connor Weikert (14) and Max Lampe (14) scored in double figures for the Warriors. Northeastern improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in York-Adams Division I. Gettysburg fell to 9-3 and 4-3.

Eastern York 54, Kennard-Dale 25: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights held the Rams to just 14 points over the final three quarters. Broguen Nicholas continued his strong senior season, dropping 18 points in the win for Eastern, while Dom Particelli factored in with 12. No K-D players reached double figures.

Spring Grove 53, Red Lion 37: At Red Lion, the visiting Rockets held the Lions to single digits in three of the four quarters. Darin Gordon’s 20 points paced Spring Grove, while Eli Brooks finished with 13. Red Lion got a team-high 12 points from Gary Hunt. The victory pushed the Rockets’ record to 7-1 and snapped the Lions’ three-game winning streak, dropping them to 5-5.

York Catholic 69, Hanover 58: At Hanover, the Fighting Irish dominated the middle two quarters, outscoring the Nighthawks by 20, to earn the crucial York-Adams Division III road victory. Andrew Forjan finished with a team-high 17 points, while D'Andre Davis chipped in with 15 and Malik Martin contributed with 11. Kyle Krout led all scorers in the game for Hanover, dropping in 28 points. Hunter Martz added 13 for Hanover. York Catholic improved to 8-2 overall and 7-0 in York-Adams Division III. Hanover fell to 9-2 and 5-1.

Dover 47, Susquehannock 44: At Glen Rock, the Eagles did just enough in the overtime frame to pull out the narrow road victory. Najah Fink finished with a game-high 14 points for Dover, while Brady DeShong wound up with 13. For Susquehannock, Jacob Mahan had 10 points.

West York 63, York Suburban 35: At West York, Darian McCauley popped in 13 points and Josh Bailey added 12 to pace the Bulldogs. West York improved to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in York-Adams Division II. Suburban didn't put anyone into double figures.

Dallastown 84, New Oxford 53: At New Oxford, the Wildcats set the tone for the game with a 21-3 first quarter. Dallastown was led by Da’Trail Albert’s 17 points. Aaron Ward added 16, while Braden Caldwell finished with 14 and Michael Diaz chipped in with 10. Devon Duvall led New Oxford with 20 points, followed by Ben Lehman’s 17.

Delone Catholic 82, York Tech 38: At McSherrystown, Delone Catholic got a game-high 28 points from Logan Alexander  and 11 points from Evan Brady. For Tech, Luis Deleon led the way with 13 points.

Christian School of York 50, Hershey Christian 31: At Christian School of York, Anthony Torreullas led the Crusaders with 16 points. Teammate Sean Graybill knocked in 10 points.

Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.