The Spring Grove boys' basketball team was just minutes away from doing what no other basketball team has done so far this season against Lancaster Catholic.
With just more than four minutes to play in the Warwick Holiday Tournament, the Rockets led by eight against the unbeaten Crusaders. A 10-0 run over the course of the remainder of the game, however, lifted Lancaster Catholic to a 45-43 triumph.
The Crusaders improved to 7-0 on the year, while the Rockets fell to 4-2.
Entering the night, Spring Grove standout and University of Michigan commit Eli Brooks was just 22 points away from becoming the program's all-time leading scorer. He finished the night with 19, putting him within three of the scoring record of 1,676 set by Jared Smith in 1993.
He was the go-to player in the final seconds for the Rockets. His first attempt at a 3-pointer with under 10 seconds to play fired long, catching the back part of the rim. However, after a Crusader player traveled after gathering in the rebound, Spring Grove got one final chance at either forcing overtime or winning the game, but a bad in-bounds pass to Brooks forced him into heaving a no-look shot, which didn't wind up anywhere near the hoop.
The Rockets trailed Lancaster Catholic by one at halftime, but came out storming in the second half, eventually building a 10-point advantage by the end of the third quarter. The Crusaders showed their resiliency, gradually chipping away at the deficit before dealing Spring Grove the final blow with their game-clinching 10-0 run.
The Rockets will face host Warwick on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., when Brooks will likely break the school scoring mark.
Delaware Valley Charter 82, York High 56: At Lancaster, a poor second half sunk the Bearcats in the McCaskey Holiday Tournament first round. York High led after the first quarter and trailed by eight at halftime, but were outscored 42-24 in the second half. Kyree Generett led the Bearcats with 14 points, while Jacquez Casiano and Messiah Anderson each had 10. Because of a scheduling conflict, DVC will not be able to play its second game on Wednesday. York High will play in the tournament’s only game on Wednesday against Largo High School (Maryland) at 7:30 p.m. Host McCaskey won’t play on Wednesday. McCaskey beat Largo in the other game Tuesday, 66-56.
Wilson 53, Central York 41: At Hempfield, the Panthers put together a comeback attempt in the third quarter, but their 13-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome in the Hempfield Tournament first round. Central outscored Wilson by six in the third frame, but went on to get outscored by five in the final quarter to thwart the rally. Courtney Batts was the only Panther to reach double figures, finishing with 10 points. Central will play Nazareth in Wednesday's consolation. Nazareth lost to the host school, 56-52.
Northeastern 59, Greencastle-Antrim 48: At East Pennsboro, the Bobcats (8-0) remained perfect on the year by winning its first-round game at the East Pennsboro Tournament. Northeastern was led by Antonio Rizzuto’s 17 points. He was helped by Brandon Coleman’s 15, Austin Green’s 14 and Fred Mulbah’s 10. Northeastern will face the host school in the title game. East Pennsboro beat Donegal, 52-49.
Middletown 67, Susquehannock 48: At Middletown, the Warriors sent the Blue Raiders to the line 29 times in their loss in the semifinals of the Middletown Tournament. Susquehannock got 10 points from Adam Hedgeland and Chase Summers. The Warriors will face Northern York in the consolation game. Northern lost to Lampeter-Strasburg, 68-38.
York Country Day 84, West Shore Christian 34: At Antietam, the Greyhounds rolled in the Antietam Holiday Tournament first round. YCD led by only seven at halftime, but went on to outscore WSC 32-1 in the third quarter and then 23-11 in the fourth. YCD senior Jordan Ray dropped in a game-high 31 points. He was helped by Jalen Gorham’s 12 and DeAireus Brown’s 10.