WRIGHTSVILLE — With no big man on its roster for the first time in a number of years, the Dover boys' basketball team is doing things differently this year.
Instead of pounding the ball into the post, the Eagles are playing small ball, letting their ball-handlers slash to the basket or launch jump shots from beyond the arc.
The strategy worked perfectly Wednesday night at Eastern York High School.
Dover knocked down 11 3-point shots and placed four players in double figures to earn a 62-52 victory in an York-Adams Division II showdown.
The two teams are now tied for first in the division at 5-1. Dover is 8-4 overall, while Eastern fell to 10-2.
The Eagles' Brady Bowman and Keith Davis shared team-high scoring honors with 19 points, while their teammates, Victor Dorm and Elijah Sutton, each supplied 11 points. Bowman connected on four 3-point shots, and Dorm and Sutton supplied three 3-point baskets.
"Coach (Brian Schmoyer) says, 'the 3-ball is contagious,'" Bowman said. "When one guy makes one, then the other guys start doing it too."
Bowman, a junior, is one of the older players on an Eagles' team that doesn't have a senior on the roster.
"When all the seniors left, I knew I would have to step up and be a leader," Bowman said. "Every game we've won this year, we had a number of guys in doubles figures. We all love hanging out with each other, listening to music and getting pumped up for games."
Both teams started out slow, with Dover leading 10-9 after the first quarter. The Eagles stretched the advantage to six (23-17) at halftime. Eastern, behind the shooting of Evan Springer, got hot in the third quarter and closed the gap to two points (42-40) entering the final quarter. Dover wouldn't be denied, though. It outscored the Golden Knights 20-12 in the final quarter.
"We shot much better tonight than we did last week in the last three games," Schmoyer said. "We stepped up and got good looks."
Schmoyer admits it's different not having a imposing post player on the roster.
"We've always had a big guy, but we don't this year," he said. "This is a brand new offensive style. But as young as these guys are, they are a great group, They compete and play hard and they all get along."
Bowman scored six points in the final quarter, and Davis and Sutton added five apiece as the Eagles got some breathing room against an Eastern team that led three different times in a back-and-forth third quarter.
The Golden Knights' Springer led all scorers with 21 points, including six 3-point shots.
Eastern was forced to play without its star, Jared Achterberg, who suffered a knee injury in Monday's game against York Tech. Achterberg's loss is a huge one for the Golden Knights. The senior was averaging more than 22 points a game..
"This (the loss of Achterberrg) changes the complexion of our team a lot," Eastern coach Jon Reichard said. "It's a shame. He needed 81 points for 1,000 and it (the injury) happened on his birthday."
Spring Grove 63, Central York 60: At Central York, Eli Brooks poured in 46 points to lead the Rockets to the York-Adams Division I win. The Rockets trailed after every quarter, but rallied in the final period. For the Panthers, Evan Czulada knocked in 16 points, while Garrett Markey had 15 and Landyn Ray scored 11. Spring Grove improved to 8-3 overall and 5-2 in D-I. Central fell to 7-5 and 4-3.
Kennard-Dale 39, West York 37: At Fawn Grove, Adam Freese hit the game-winning shot with four seconds left. K-D trailed 17-10 at the half, but outscored West York 20-7 in the third quarter. Joey Thomas led the Rams with 12 points, while Freese added 10. Keaton Meckley led West York with 14 points.
Dallastown 61, Red Lion 44: At Dallastown, Da’Trail Albert had 18 points for the Wildcats, while Will Barton and Justin Atwood scored 10 each. Tyler Burchett scored 15 points to lead the Lions. Dallastown improved to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in York-Adams Division I.
Gettysburg 47, York Suburban 45: At Gettysburg, Cade Eckhart (14) and David Buxton (12) combined for 26 points for the Warriors. Nick Bowman had 11 points for Suburban.
York Country Day 78, Kutztown 37: At York, the trio of Jordan Ray, Jalen Gorham and DeAireus Brown powered the Greyhounds (9-3). Ray led all scorers with 24 points, included five 3-pointers, while Gorham recorded 19 points and Brown had 17.
York Catholic 83, Camp Hill 54: At Camp Hill, the Irish exploded for 61 second-half points to break away from a 22-19 halftime lead. D'Andre Davis, Melik Martin and Andrew Forjan each had 14 points for the Irish, who improved to 11-1 with the non-league win.
Northeastern 78, New Oxford 57: At New Oxford, the Bobcats (14-0, 7-0) stayed perfect with the York-Adams Division I road victory. Fred Mulbah (20), Brandon Coleman (16), Austin Greene (14), Nate Wilson (14) and Antonio Rizzuto (11) hit double digits for the Bobcats.
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