When payback time arrived, the Spring Grove boys' basketball team seized the opportunity.
The Rockets, who lost to York High earlier this season on their home floor, turned the tables on Wednesday night by earning a 71-66 victory on the Bearcats' court.
"We're a little bit more seasoned, we're getting used to how we have to play to be effective," Spring Grove head coach James Brooks said. "The guys came out, and they were effective either by defending or limiting their fast break."
Spring Grove started strong, bolting to a 20-12 lead after one quarter.
Eli Brooks, who delivered another brilliant performance with 40 points, connected for 10 points in the opening quarter. Austin Panter added six points in the first eight minutes, and two other Rockets contributed a bucket apiece.
"I think the difference is that we found scoring in different ways," Eli Brooks said. "Even though I scored as many points as I did, other people contributed."
Brooks mixed jumpers with drives and added a dunk as he eclipsed the 40-point barrier one more time.
"He (Brooks) is very smart, he's athletic, he rallies around his teammates, and they sell out for him," York High head coach Clovis Gallon said. "He's humble, but inside the lines, he's a fierce competitor."
Brooks and his teammates built their advantage to 13 points twice in the second quarter before the Bearcats sliced the deficit to eight at halftime.
York High pulled to within two in the third quarter (44-42) on Clovis Gallon Jr.'s 3-point basket, but the Rockets responded to lead by six at the end of the quarter.
Spring Grove widened its lead to 11 in the fourth quarter and held off a late Bearcats' charge to gain the York-Adams Division I victory.
"Spring Grove is definitely a more seasoned team," coach Gallon said. "The role players really stepped up in that first quarter. They made some big shots that they didn't make in the first game."
Panter supplied 12 points for Spring Grove, while four York High players finished in double figures.Marquise McClean led the Bearcats with 16 points. Jeremiah McCarter added 14 points, Jayden Iturmendi had 13 and Clovis Gallon Jr. had 10.
Spring Grove improved to 10-4 overall and 7-2 in the division. York High fell to 6-8 and 4-5.
Kennard-Dale 47, Dover 45: At Fawn Grove, Joey Thomas hit a basket with 35 seconds left to help K-D rally for the York-Adams Division II upset. The Rams trailed 28-15 at halftime and outscored Dover 32-17 in the second half. Adam Freese poured in 27 points to lead K-D, including 18 in the second half, while Thomas added 10, including eight in the second half. Keith Davis had 17 points for Dover. K-D improved to 8-8 overall and 5-3 in Division II. Dover fell to 10-5 and 6-2. K-D is just one game out of first.
Gettysburg 59, West York 53: At Gettysburg, a 23-9 third-quarter surge by the home team proved to be the difference. David Buxton (17) and Zach Ketterman (13) combined for 30 Gettysburg points. Kenton Meckley (13), Alex McClellan (13) and Anthony Hawkins (12) each hit double digits for West York.
Bermudian Springs 46, York Tech 44: At Spry, the visitors outscored the hosts 17-14 in the final quarter to produce the margin of victory. The Eagles were led by a game-high 16 points from Quinton Nace. Terrence Romey led Tech with 14 points.
Central York 70, Red Lion 37: At Central York, Seth McLaughlin led all scorers with 14 points, while Garrett Markey and Carter Luckenbaugh each added 11. The Lions were led by Jamel Foster’s 12 points.
Manheim Central 56, York Suburban 43: At Manheim Central , the hosts received a game-high 31 points from Taylor Funk. Suburban was led by 12 points from Luke Babinchak. All 12 of Babinchak’s points came on shots from beyond the arc.
Susquehannock 45, Eastern York 44: At Wrightsville, the Warriors rallied to beat the York-Adams Division I contender. Eastern fell to 10-4 and 5-2. Susquehannock improved to 5-10 and 4-4. No other details were reported.
Reach Dick VanO'Linda at email@example.com.