MANCHESTER — Antonio Rizzuto's take on Tuesday night's Spring Grove-Northeastern boys' basketball game was simple: Super player vs. super team.
Spring Grove's Eli Brooks is the super player. Brooks, who committed to the University of Michigan, mixed jumpers with slashing drives to score a game-high 30 points.
Northeastern, meanwhile, continued its super play by defeating the visiting Rockets, 75-59. The Bobcats are a perfect 10-0 overall and 5-0 in York-Adams Division I. Spring Grove, which captured the league title last year, is now 5-3 and 3-2, respectively.
"We (Northeastern) had four players score in double figures tonight," Rizzuto said. "We knew that was the way for us to win, and we got that done."
Brandon Coleman led the Bobcats with 22 points. Rizzuto supplied 18 points, including three 3-point baskets, while Fred Mulbah delivered 15 points and Austin Green had 12. Green's fast-break basket with 4.1 seconds remaining in the first quarter gave his team the lead for good at 20-19.
"We're hard to match up with," Northeastern head coach Jon Eyster said. "You take away something from us, someone else has to step up. Brandon, he got some quality shots. He is really good at attacking the basket."
Eyster's team, led by nine points at halftime, but Spring Grove rallied in the third quarter to slice the Bobcats' advantage to one point (43-42). Northeastern responded by running off the last eight points of the quarter.
"Hats off to them for making that run," Eyster said. "I was happy we responded."
Coleman connected on his only 3-point basket in the third quarter. He also had seven 2-point baskets and was a near perfect 5 of 6 from the foul line.
"My teammates found me when I was open," Coleman said. "We were moving around, and I ended up getting open under the basket. On this team, everybody gets his points."
In addition to Brooks. Austin Panter finished in double figures for Spring Grove with 16 points.
A sellout crowd packed the Bobcats' gymnasium for the match-up.
"It was crazy," Rizzuto said. "We found out yesterday that it was sold out. That made me even more pumped up for the game."
South Western 59, Dallastown 58: At Dallastown, Job Brown led the Mustangs to the surprising York-Adams Division I victory by scoring a team-high 19 points, including three from behind the arc. For the Wildcats, Da'trail Albert scored a team-high 19 points, while Brandon McGlynn scored 14 and Donovan Catchings knocked in 10. Dallastown fell to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the division. South Western improved to 2-8 and 2-3.
York Suburban 50, Dover 47: At Dover, the Trojans handed the Eagles their first York-Adams Division II loss and second one overall, earning the narrow win on the road. Jack Schultz had a team-high 13 points for Suburban, while Ben Igo added 11. Brady Bowman had a game-high 19 points and Keith Davis added 11 for Dover, which made 10 3-pointers on the night, but just one free throw. Dover fell to 7-2 and 4-1, while Suburban improved to 2-7 and 1-3.
York Catholic 79, Delone Catholic 73: At McSherrystown, in a battle between Division III’s only two remaining unbeaten teams, it was the Fighting Irish who rallied to earn the road win over the Squires and claim sole possession of first. Led by junior D’Andre Davis’ game-high 32 points, York Catholic outlasted the sharp-shooting Delone side. Melik Martin added 17 for the Fighting Irish, while Steven Nigro chipped in with 10. Logan Alexander was lights out from deep, nailing six 3-pointers to total 30 points for Delone, while Brady Alexander added 13 and Nathan Lawyer had 10. York Catholic is 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the division. Delone fell to 5-5 and 4-1.
York High 72, Red Lion 33: At Red Lion, the Bearcats trailed at the half before clamping down defensively and running away from the hosts. Red Lion led 27-26 at intermission, but was held scoreless in the third quarter and mustered only six points in the fourth. Leading the way for York High were Jacquez Casiano with a game-high 17 points and Jayden Iturmendi with 14 points.
Central York 52, New Oxford 49: At Central, the home team used a 26-19 edge in the middle quarters. Garrett Markey (14 points), Courtney Batts (12) and Evan Czulada (10) paced central. New Oxford's John Wessel paced all scorers with 23. Both teams are 5-4 overall. Both entered at 2-2 in York-Adams Division I.
Eastern York 74, Gettysburg 47: At Gettysburg, the Golden Knights (6-1 overall) remained unbeaten (4-0) in Division II. Seth Bernstein led Eastern with 16 points, followed by 14 from Jared Achterberg and 10 by Demonk Martin. Cade Eckhart led Gettysburg with 15 points.
Susquehannock 38, Kennard-Dale 33: At Fawn Grove, Adam Hedgeland dropped in 18 points for Susuehannock, the only player on either team to reach double figures.
Biglerville 64, York Tech 56: At Biglerville, the Canners had four players score in double figures: Cody Shaffer (23), Gavin Parker (13), Drew Riley (12) and Noah Ayers (12). Jamal Jackson led all Tech players with 18 points. Terrance Romey added 15 for Tech.
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