HOOPS: Dallastown boys down Dover
DALLASTOWN — While both Dover and Dallastown needed a victory Monday evening, it was probably a bit more important for the host Wildcats.
Coming off a week in which they dropped three close games to York-Adams League foes Spring Grove, Red Lion and Eastern York, the Wildcat boys could ill afford to fall victim to the Eagles in a cross-divisional clash.
While neither team seemed quite in gear over the first 16 minutes of action, Coach Mike Grassel’s team finally put together an effort that was rewarded. Dallastown outscored Dover 42-33 over the second half to claim a much needed 56-43 triumph.
Both teams are now 8-8 and are battling to earn a District 3 playoff berth. Dallastown is rated No. 23 in the latest district power ratings in Class AAAA, and only the top 20 will make the playoffs. Dover is No. 15 in AAA, where the top 18 teams make the postseason.
“We have our backs against the wall,” said Grassel, whose team was led in scoring by DaTrail Albert’s 15 points. “Dover is a quality basketball team.”
Leading 14-10 at the break, the Wildcats saw their lead drop to 19-16 after a layup by Brady DeShong early in the third quarter. The Eagles were able to make it a three-point game late in the quarter, but that’s when Albert started to heat up.
The Dallastown sophomore, who was held scoreless in the first half, finished the period with back-to-back layups to ignite a 12-5 run that saw the Wildcats go ahead 42-31 with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left in the contest.
“(DaTrail) got that within the flow of the offense,” Grassel said. “And that made me happy.”
Albert’s strong second half was just a part of the Dallastown effort. The Wildcats saw three other players — Donovan Catchings (13), Aaron Ward (11) and Mike Diaz (10) — all reach double digits in scoring.
“Four guys in double figures in scoring, you can’t ask for much more than that,” said Grassel, who noted his team only had seven turnovers, just three in the second half.
Grassel was particularly happy with his team’s defense. While the Wildcats did yield a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds to Dover big man Najah Fink, the rest of the Eagles offense was stuck in a rut for much of the contest.
“I’m proud of our defensive effort,” Grassel said. “Yeah, Fink got his, but we made him work for all of them. And we forced seven turnovers getting in there and digging it out off of him personally, so that’s a heck of a job by our guys.”
Dover coach Brian Schmoyer wasn’t overly happy with his team’s effort. The Eagles were also coming off a loss to Eastern York this past Friday, a game in which they only played up to expectations late.
“We struggled shooting the ball,” Schmoyer said. “And credit to their defense for doing that. But that second half I don’t think that we really did any of the little things tonight. We turned the ball over (16 turnovers) and gave up 3-point plays. And offensive rebounds, I think they hurt us a bit with that. Tonight we just didn’t do the little things.”
The Eagles will have to turn things around quickly. They have a big week ahead. Games against West York, Kennard-Dale and Penn Manor loom later this week.
The Wildcats can’t savor this victory too long, either. They will likely have to defeat Division I-leading Central York Wednesday night to improve their chances at securing a berth into the District 3-AAAA playoffs.
Notes: Neither coach was particularly pleased with the implementation of a new PIAA directive that came down late last week. The directive states that players are no longer allowed to roll out their playing shorts while on the floor. On three separate occasions Monday, the referees refused to allow a player entry into the contest because of the violation.
Schmoyer, who voiced his frustration about the rule to the referees during the contest, had a simple "no comment" when asked about it. Grassel didn’t complain about it. He did, however, point out that his team only gets new uniforms once every seven seasons, making it tough for them to adapt to the change immediately.
Eastern York 82, York Tech 62: At Spry, the Golden Knights had five players in double figures: Dom Particelli (14 points), Jared Achterberg (12), Broguen Nicholas (11), Jarad Woods (10) and Elijah Lowe (10). Tech was paced by Ty Brown (21 points) and Luis DeLeon (16). Brown had four of Tech's 10 3-pointers on the night. Eastern improved to 13-3 overall.
Spring Grove 54, Susquehannock 34: At Spring Grove, the Rockets dominated the Warriors. Eli Brooks poured in a game-high 25 points for Spring Grove. Susquehannock didn’t have any double-digit scorers. Spring Grove improved to 12-2 overall.
Susquehannock 43, Spring Grove 39: At Spring Grove, the Warriors outscored the Rockets by 11 in the second quarter, overcoming a four-point deficit, and then held on. Ashley Stone led Susquehannock with 15 points, while Tyler Williams added 10 points and 11 rebounds. For Spring Grove, Morgan Hagerman and Abbie Marquette each finished with 11 points. Susquehannock improved to 15-2 overall.
Central York 52, Eastern York 34: At Wrightsville, the Panthers led 32-20 at the half and never looked back. Emma Saxton led the Panthers with 11 points. For the Golden Knights, Hannah Myers scored a game-high 14 points, while teammate Catherine Tillotson knocked in 12 points. Central improved to 15-2 overall.
West York 42, Dallastown 28: At West York, the game was tied after a low-scoring first half (13-13), but the Bulldogs got rolling in the second half, outscoring the visitors 29-15 to capture the victory. Morgan Bamberger led the Bulldogs with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. West York improved to 11-5. For the Wildcats, Julia Sutton knocked in 11 points.
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