DALLASTOWN — The atmosphere inside Dallastown's gymnasium on Tuesday night was more like a playoff game, rather than the third contest of the season.
Both the Dallastown and Central York student sections backed their respective teams with loud cheers, and the entire crowd remained locked in on the game, which wasn't decided until the final minute.
By scoring the final six points, Dallastown earned a 59-53 victory over the visiting Panthers, who had defeated the Wildcats in both York-Adams Division I meetings last season.
"It's a rivalry game, so it's a big game," Dallastown's Brandon McGlynn said.
McGlynn, who finished with 15 points, scored the last four points of the game, all at the foul line.
"I shoot a lot of foul shots," McGlynn said. "I try to make 300 foul shots a day. My only thought when I'm on the line is 'I'm making this shot.'"
McGlynn was one of three Wildcats in double figures. D'trail Albert led the winners with 16 points, and Donovan Catchings added 12 points.
Albert snapped a 53-53 tie when he connected on a layup with 1:04 remaining in the fourth quarter. Albert converted following a Dallastown steal.
Dallastown's man-to-man defense forced seven Central turnovers in the third quarter, when it ran off 14 consecutive points to turn a 30-30 tie into a 44-30 advantage.
"Coach preaches that it always starts on defense," Albert said. "That's our bread and butter. Creating turnovers and then getting out in transition for easy layups."
Wildcats' coach Mike Grassel said the game may not have been "pretty" at times, but he felt that his players gave him everything he asked for, especially at the defensive end.
"When we made that (14-0) run, it was stop after stop after stop. That's what I see as a coach," Grassel said. "They (the players) see the points."
Dallastown seemed to be in control at that point, but Central refused to fold.
The Panthers responded with a run of their own and caught the Wildcats at 53 only to see Dallastown record the last six points of the game.
"We turned the ball over way too much," Central coach Kevin Schieler said. "But giving up a lead like that and being able to fight back, that was nice."
Evan Czulada led Central with 12 points. Cade Pribula added 10 points for the Panthers.
Susquehannock 49, York Suburban 46: At Suburban, the Warriors trailed 33-26 entering the final quarter, when they rallied back to outscore the Trojans, 23-13, to capture the victory. Adam Hedgeland led the Warriors with 18 points. Teammate Jacob Mahan knocked in 10 points. For the Trojans, Jack Schultz scored 15 points, while Nick Bowman knocked in 12 points and Nate Bowman scored 10.
Dover 54, West York 46: At West York, the Eagles outscored the Bulldogs in the third quarter 15-7 to break a 28-28 halftime tie and go on to capture the victory. For the Eagles, Victor Dorm and Brady Bowman each scored 14 points. For the Bulldogs, Kenton Meckley scored a game high 20 points.
New Oxford 75, York High 73: At New Oxford, the Colonials got a rare win vs. the visiting Bearcats. Led by the hot 3-point shooting of Jordin Brown and Ben Lehman, New Oxford buried 13 total. Brown led his team with 22 points, followed by John Wessel’s 19, Lehman’s 14 and Jaren Rex’s 10. Marquise McClean led York High with 15 points, with Jacquez Casiano dropping 14 and Jayden Iturmendi finishing with 13.
York Catholic 75, York Tech 45: At York Catholic, Mark Shelley led Catholic with 20 points, while Melik Martin dropped 16, Kyle Derowski had 13 and Torrey Thomas finished with 12. Terrance Romey had 18 points for Tech and Isiah Colon finished with 10.
Kennard-Dale 55, Gettysburg 48 (OT): At Fawn Grove, Adam Freese led K-D with 21 points, while Donnell Williams added 12 and Joey Thomas had 11. Cade Eckhart led Gettysburg with 24 points, knocking down three 3-pointers.
Northeastern 60, Red Lion 31: At Red Lion, the Bobcats improved to 3-0 with an easy road victory. Northeastern had four different scorers reach double figures, led by Antonio Rizzuto’s 12 points. Fred Mulbah added 11 and Brandon Coleman and Austin Greene each had 10. Red Lion was led by Jamel Foster’s 12 points.
Spring Grove 73, South Western 46: At Spring Grove, Michigan recruit Eli Brooks was a one-man wrecking crew for the Rockets, compiling 31 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists in the win vs. the Mustangs. Austin Panter added 17 for Spring Grove. Chase Topper collected 19 points for the Mustangs.
Heritage Christain 55, Red Lion Christian 43: At Red Lion, the Swordsmen lost a four-point halftime lead, getting outscored by 16 in the second half. Brad Weitzer had 13 points for RLC, while Myles Willard added 12. The Swordsmen fell to 1-4.
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