York High head coach Clovis Gallon and the Bearcats' Kyree Generett discuss the team's double-overtime victory against previously unbeaten Northeastern.
The moment wasn’t about to get to Kyree Generett and his York High teammates Tuesday night.
They had been in this position before. Locked in a tight affair with tough competition, the Bearcats drew on previous experience down the stretch to outlast Northeastern, 72-64, in double overtime.
"We just took it a possession at a time in overtime,” Generett said of his team’s mindset in the extra sessions. “We had Dallastown in OT, we had Central York in triple OT, so we were just kind of prepared for it. We just knew it takes defense and taking every possession one at a time.”
Generett scored a game-high 22 points to lead York. The Bearcats also got 20 points from Clovis Gallon Jr. and 12 more from Marquise McClean.
The win is big for the Bearcats because it improves their overall record to 11-8. More importantly, it improves York’s postseason hopes by bumping its York-Adams Division I record to 7-4. It keeps York on pace with New Oxford, as the Colonials sit tied for third and also sport a 7-4 division record.
It will also serve the Bearcats' district hopes as well. The previously unbeaten Bobcats (18-1, 11-1 D-I) entered as the No. 1 seed in the District 3 Class 5-A ratings. York came into Tuesday’s game in the No. 10 position.
York has now appeared in five games that have gone past regulation. They’ve won three, including a pair of big division victories against Dallastown.
The Bearcats wasted little time seizing control of Tuesday’s tilt by going on a 7-0 run to open the second overtime with a 64-57 lead. McClean got things started with a tough basket underneath, before tough play under the basket two possessions later saw him earn a pair of free throws that made it 62-57.
The Bobcats came with their last gasp after more Bearcat free throws made it 64-57. Nate Wilson’s missed 3-point attempt was slammed home by a high-flying Antonio Rizzuto, who came roaring down the lane for the put-back dunk.
Northeastern was forced to foul afterward, and a sharpshooting 8-of-10 stretch from the line by the Bearcats kept their guests at bay.
“I’m proudest of our kids not wavering,” said York High coach Clovis Gallon. “We knew we had to make sure that we stayed focus and we stayed disciplined. And we put together four quarters of basketball. Well, today it turned out to be six.”
The Bobcats looked like they would escape with perfection in tact when they held a trim 50-49 lead with just under 4 minutes left in regulation. A long, held possession by the Bobcats saw them shave over two minutes off the clock before a Rizzuto lay-in made it 52-49 Northeastern with 1:57 left to play.
However, Generett found himself with the ball on the right wing with 52 seconds left to play and knocked down a huge 3-pointer to even the contest at 52-52. Each team took its turn at a final possession before the game shifted to the first overtime.
With the Bobcats holding a five-point lead at halftime, Generett was instrumental in a big third-quarter effort from the Bearcats that kept the game close. Generett would score nine of his 22 on the night in the quarter to help bring the game to a 40-40 tie after three quarters.
“I just had in my mind ‘attack mode’ and get my teammates involved,” Generett said of his outburst.
Northeastern was led by 17 points from Rizzuto. The Bobcats also got 15 points from D.J. Hamilton and 14 points from Fred Mulbah.
The Bearcats control their own destiny for the playoffs going forward.
With Central York (12-7, 8-4) is a good bet to finish second in Division I, the Bearcats are now in he driver’s seat for the third-and-final league tournament spot out of the division. All they have to do is take care of business in their remaining games.
The Bearcats will travel to New Oxford on Wednesday night before closing their regular season with home games against South Western (Feb. 2) and Red Lion (Feb. 6).
Biglerville 64, York Catholic 59: At York, the Canners stunned the York-Adams Division III leader. York Catholic fell to 14-6 overall and 11-1 in the division. Biglerville improved to 9-9 and 6-6. D'Andre Davis had 19 points in a losing cause. Gavin Parker poured in 24 points for Biglerville. Cody Shaffer added 13 points for Biglerville and passed the 1,000-point milestone for his career.
York Tech 76, Littlestown 65: Terance Romey poured in 21 points, while Jahkwan Batty added 16 and Andrew Reever chipped in 15 for Tech. Jamel Jackson added 10 for Tech, which improved to 12-7 overall and 9-3 in York-Adams Division III. Littlestown fell to 12-6 and 10-2.
Kennard-Dale 63, York Suburban 44: At Suburban, Carter Day pumped in 27 points and Adam Freese added 18 to lead the Rams. Nate Banks led Suburban with 13, while Anthony Brown added 10. K-D improved to 14-5 overall and 7-3 in York-Adams Division II.
Central York 67, South Western 23: At Hanover, Cade Pribula scored 15 points and Landyn Ray added 12 for the Panthers, who improved to 12-7 overall and 8-4 in York-Adams Division I.
Gettysburg 55, Susquehannock 45: At Glen Rock, Cade Eckhart's 17 points led Gettysburg to the win. Jackson Murphy had nine points to lead Susquehannock.
West York 47, Eastern York 29: At Wrightsville, Dayvon Cortez led the Bulldogs with a game-high 19 points.
New Oxford 61, Red Lion 49: At New Oxford, Deriq Brown's 21 points paced the winners. Gavin Watt (13) and Jamel Foster (12) combined for 25 of Red Lion's points.
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