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BOYS' HOOPS: Nwandu hits milestone

DICK VanO'LINDA
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MANCHESTER — Northeastern's Kobi Nwandu delivered a splendid performance on his special night.

The Bobcats' star eclipsed the 1,000-career-points mark by scoring 26 points on Tuesday night as Northeastern defeated York-Adams Division II rival Dover, 63-44.

Nwandu connected on a baseline drive with 4 minutes, 4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to reach 1,000.

The game was stopped, and Nwandu was presented with the game ball. He then carried the ball to the upper part of the stands behind the benches and presented it to his mother, who was seated with Nwandu's father.

"They weren't in their usual seats because it was packed," Nwandu said. "They usually sit a little bit lower, and I couldn't see them at first. It was my way of congratulating them (for all the've done for him)."

The 6-foot, 5-inch senior supplied 12 of his points in the fourth quarter when the Bobcats outscored the Eagles, 21-10.

"I've seen him grow over the years," Northeastern head coach Jon Eyster said after his team improved its overall record to 12-1. "He's very special, and I was very happy that he was able to do that at home on a night when he was outstanding. As a team, I thought that late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth quarter, we recognized situations and got what we wanted."

Nwandu displayed his versatility by connecting for six 2-point baskets and four 3-point buckets. One of his baskets was a breakaway slam dunk with 2:18 to play in the second quarter that brought the crowd to its feet.

"Kobi, he's extremely tough to defend without the 3-point shot," Dover coach Brian Schmoyer said. "From our standpoint, I thought we did a better job shooting than we've done recently, and we competed and played hard, which is more than I can say about the last few games."

Dover's 6-7 senior, Najah Fink, had a big game, finishing with 20 points. Brady DeShong added 10 points for the Eagles.

Fred Mulbah connected for 14 Northeastern points, and Donovian Maxfield and Jeff Reynolds finished with eight points apiece for the Bobcats.

"We have a lot of guys who can score and share the basketball," Nwandu said. "The main focus was winning, not me getting 1,000 points. I just tried to help us win the game."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Northeastern's Kobi Nwandu scored a game-high 14 points in the Bobcats' 76-47 thrashing of York High in the quarterfinals of the York-Adams League playoffs. Northeastern will face Spring Grove in Tuesday's semifinals.

Central York 64, South Western 56: At Central, the Panthers overcame 10 South Western 3-pointers, including five by Brock Geiman, who scored 21 points for the Mustangs. Jared Wagner led Central with 20 points, while Onterio Edmonds chipped in 14. Central improved to 13-2 overall and 8-0 in York-Adams Division I.

Spring Grove 55, Dallastown 54 (OT):  At Dallastown, Eli Brooks scored a game-high 33 points to help the Rockets edge their hosts in overtime. Grant Weirman (11) and Darin Gordon (10) also turned in double-digit scoring performances for the victors. Brandon McGlynn led Dallastown with 15 points. Teammates Da’Trail Albert (12), Donovan Catchings (11) and Aaron Ward (10) also hit double digits.

York Suburban 66, Kenanrd-Dale 54: At Fawn Grove, a big fourth quarter lifted the Trojans to victory. With the score tied 44-44 after three quarters, Suburban was able to outscore the Rams 22-10 down the stretch. Leading the way in the final frame were Suburban’s Donovan Mears, Thomas Merkle and Jack Schultz, who each scored six points in the final frame. Merkle finished with 19 points, Mears with 16 and Schultz ended the night with 12 points. K-D was led by 19 points from Kyle Wooldridge. Adam Freese was the Rams’ other double-digit scorer with 16 points.

York Catholic 80, Biglerville 47: At Biglerville, the Irish cruised behind 25 points from Andrew Forjan, who pumped in five 3-pointers. Melik Martin added 15 points for the winners, while Steven Nigro added 11. Noah Ayers had a game-high 28 points for Biglerville, including three 3-pointers and a 13-for-13 effort at the foul line.

New Oxford 56, Red Lion 51: At Red Lion, John Wessel led the Colonials to the road victory by scoring 13 points, including three from behind the arc. For the Lions, Gary Hunt knocked in a team-high 13 points, while Wyatt Tyson scored 12 points and Ryan Schreckengast scored 10.

New Convenant Christian 56, Christian School of York 28: At New Covenant Christian, CSY was led by a 12-point performance from Sean Graybill in a losing cause.

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