DALLASTOWN — Dallastown wasn't going to allow Eli Brooks to get off a potential game-winning shot in the closing seconds of Tuesday night's York-Adams Division I game.
The Wildcats surrounded the Spring Grove star with three defenders.
Brooks foiled the strategy, not with a one-vs.-three move, but with a pass to a cutting Drew Gordon.
Gordon banked the ball off the glass into the basket to snap a 58-58 tie with just three seconds to play.
When Dallastown was called for a violation on the ensuing in-bounds play, the Wildcats were forced to foul Brooks. The University of Michigan recruit knocked down both foul shots to complete a 62-58 victory for the Rockets.
"I knew I wasn't going to take the shot," Brooks said. "I trust my teammates to take the final shot, and tonight, it was Drew Gordon."
Gordon said he made himself available to the heavily defended Brooks.
"I tried to turn the corner and get the best shots I could. It dropped for me, we won the game, and I was ecstatic," he said.
Gordon finished with 18 points to complement Brooks' game-high 20 points. Two other Rockets finished in double figures. Jake Messersmith and Austin Panter supplied 10 points apiece.
"They (Dallastown) were in that diamond-and-one or box-and-one (defense guarding Eli Brooks), and we had to step up (get scoring from other players)," Spring Grove coach James Brooks said. "Guys are growing up and completing the games. If this game was at the beginning of the year, we wouldn't have pulled it off."
Spring Grove (15-4 overall) improved its division record to 11-2, and Dallastown (13-7 overall), which starts just one senior, slipped to 7-6. Spring Grove remained tied for first in the division with Northeastern. The loss means Dallastown can't qualify for the York-Adams League Tournament.
Brandon McGlynn led the Wildcats with 17 points, eight coming in the fourth quarter. Braden Caldwell delivered 14 points and Da'Trail Albert had 11 for Dallastown.
The hotly contested game featured nine ties, the last one coming at 58.
Northeastern 85, York High 83 (2OT): At Manchester, Fred Mulbah hit a field goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the Bobcats the thrilling victory over the Bearcats. Mulbah finished with 31 points. Antonio Rizzuto had 18 points for Northeastern, while Austin Greene scored 13 and Brandon Coleman had 12. York High got 19 points from Jeremiah McCarter, including five 3-pointers. Marquise McClean added 16, Kyree Generett had 15, Jayden Iturmendi had 14 and Jacquez Casiano chipped in with 13. Northeastern (19-2) remained tied for first in York-Adams Division I at 11-2. York High, which led by 10 points entering the final period, fell to 7-13 and 5-8.
Central York 77, South Western 65: At Central York, Landyn Ray led the Panthers with 22 points and Courtney Batts added 18 more to the winning cause. Job Brown led all scorers with 24 points for South Western. Central improved to 14-7 overall and 9-4 in York-Adams Division III. The win clinched a York-Adams League Tournament berth for the Panthers.
York Catholic 80, Biglerville 33: At Biglerville, Melik Martin led the Irish by scoring 19 points, including three from behind the arc. Also for the Irish, D'Andre Davis knocked in 15 points, while Steven Nigro scored 10. For the Canners, Drew Riley scored 19 points. York Catholic, which had already clinched the York-Adams Division III crown, improved to 19-1 and 13-0.
Susquehannock 49, Gettysburg 48: At Gettysburg, the visitors trailed by six going into the final quarter (39-33), but rallied to take the lead and capture the victory. Adam Hedgeland led the visitors offense with 18 points. Teammate Jordan McMillian knocked in 10. For the home team, David Buxton scored 13 points.
York Suburban 53, Kennard-Dale 44: At Fawn Grove, Luke Babinchak led the Trojans by scoring 18 points, including five from behind the arc. Also for Suburban, Jack Schultz knocked in 17 points, while Sincere Dowling scored 11, including three from behind the arc. For the Rams, Joey Thomas scored 17 points, including three from behind the arc.
West York 51, Eastern York 38: At West York, Kenton Meckley led the home team with 18 points. For the Golden Knights, Dom Particelli scored 16 points, while teammate Stephen Wisler knocked in 11 points, including three from behind the arc. Eastern York fell to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in York-Adams Division II. The loss ended their division title hopes. West York improved to 8-11 and 6-5.
Littlestown 66, York Tech 48: At Littlestown, Avery Eyler led the charge for Littlestown with 26 points. Terrence Romey dropped in 16 points for Tech.
Rosedale Baptist 62, Red Lion Christian 27: At Red Lion Christian, Brad Sweitzer led the home team with eight points.
New Oxford 52, Red Lion 38: At Red Lion, the visitors improved to 11-9 overall and 6-7 in York-Adams Division I. No other details were reported.
Red Lion Christian 48, Rosedale Baptist 11: At Red Lion Christian, Destiny Hollingshead’s 16 points led the Lady Swordsmen, who improved to 12-4.
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