Northeastern's Brandon Coleman knew what he had to do the minute he left the locker room on Tuesday night.
"They (Central York) knew coming in that our top players were Antonio (Rizzuto) and Fred (Mulbah)," Coleman said. "I knew I would have to carry some of the scoring load. They (the coaches) told me right when we came in, 'go to the basket.'"
Coleman took the message to heart. He consistently slashed to the basket and racked up a game-high 24 points.
Rizzuto, meanwhile, supplied 22 points, and Mulbah had 20, as the red-hot Bobcats improved their overall record to 6 0 and York-Adams Division I mark to 3-0 with a 75-58 victory over the defending D-I champion.
"Brandon was big for us tonight," Northeastern head coach Jon Eyster said. "He needed to have a night where he got some shots to fall. He's been struggling."
Eyster's team led by just one point at halftime, but outscored the home team, 40-24, in the second half.
The Bobcats' jet-powered offense pushed the pace at every opportunity, looking to beat their opponents down the floor.
However, it wasn't all fast breaks and layups.
Rizzuto knocked down four 3-point shots, while Coleman connected twice from behind the arc, and Mulbah and Nate Wilson supplied one 3-point bucket apiece.
"We can be pretty hard to defend," Eyster said. "We're averaging 18 assists a game, and Fred (Mulbah) is averaging nine or 10 assists a game."
Mulbah enjoys sharing the ball.
"I've always been a facilitator," he said. "Giving an assist is nice, but when I have to score, I score."
The fact that the Bobcats took charge of Tuesday's game in the second half didn't surprise Mulbah.
"Our team is a second-half team," he said. "In the first half, we struggled, but in the second half, we started playing defense and hitting some shots."
Central, which scored 34 points in the opening half, closed with 10 fewer points in the second half.
Courtney Batts led the Panthers with 18 points and Evan Czulada added 12 points.
Dallastown 66, York High 65: At York, Donovan Catchings’ bucket with less than three seconds left helped the Wildcats complete a late-game comeback. The points were two of Catchings’ 12 for the game. Dallastown was led by Brandon McGlynn’s 19, while Braden Caldwell had 12 each. Kyree Generett scored a 15 points for York, followed by Jayden Iturmendi’s 14 and Jacquez Casiano’s 12. Dallastown improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in York-Adams Division I. York fell to 2-3 and 1-2.
Eastern York 65, York Suburban 42: At Wrightsville, Jared Achterberg had 20 points for Eastern (4-1 overall, 2-0 York-Adams Division II), while Evan Springer had three 3s to finish with 17 points. Jack Schultz had 17 for Suburban.
York Tech 66, Hanover 43: At Spry, Terrance Romey scored 35 points to lead the Spartans. Teammate Jahkwon Batty knocked in 13 points. For the Nighthawks, Hunter Martz scored 21 points, including four from behind the arc.
Dover 57, Gettysburg 43: At Gettysburg, Brady Bowman led the Eagles (4-1 overall, 3-0 in York-Adams Division II) with 18 points. Victor Dorm had 13 points for Dover, while Keith Davis knocked in 10 points. For the Warriors, Tyler Bream and Charles Warren each scored 11 points. Dover shot 15 for 16 from the charity stripe.
York Catholic 73, Bermudian Springs 31: At York Catholic, D’Andre Davis finished with 18 points for York Catholic (3-1 overall, 3-0 in York-Adams Division III), while Kyle Derowski chipped in 15, Torrey Thomas poured in 12 points – all on 3s – and Melik Martin added 10. Quinton Nace had 19 points for Bermudian.
Spring Grove 51, New Oxford 41: At New Oxford, Austin Panter poured in 21 points and Eli Brooks added 14 to lead the visitors. New Oxford led 20-15 after one quarter, but Spring Grove dominated the middle periods, 28-12 to take control. Spring Grove improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in York-Adams Division I. New Oxford fell to 3-2 and 2-1.
South Western 65, Red Lion 63: At Hanover, the Mustangs led big early and held on late. Tyler Stabley had 18 points for Red Lion, while Jamel Foster added 12 and Ryan Schreckengast and Phillip Douglass each added 10. South Western got 28 points from Chase Topper, while teammate Job Brown finished with 13.
Harford Christian School 85, Red Lion Christian 34: At Harford, Myles Willard had 17 points and 12 rebounds for RLC, while Robert Englestad dropped in 13.
West York 42, Susquehannock 41: At Glen Rock, the visitors grabbed the narrow win. No other details were reported.
St. John Neumann 82, York Country Day 67: In a battle of highly regarded small-school programs, the Greyhounds came up short. Jordan Ray had 24 points to lead YCD, followed by DeAireus Brown (15), D.J. Hamilton (13) and Jalen Gorham (10).
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