It wasn't the prettiest of games with more than 40 turnovers and a combined 47 foul shots, but Friday's YAIAA Division I boys' basketball game between William Penn and Dallastown came down to the final minutes.
Once it ended, the Bearcats pulled out a 70-61 victory.
"We just didn't connect the dots," William Penn coach Troy Sowers said. "We couldn't go from A to B to C."
A big third quarter gave William Penn (8-2, 5-0 Division I) a 12-point lead entering the final quarter, but the Wildcats (7-3, 3-2) didn't go away.
Dallastown closed the gap to four a few times in the fourth quarter, the last being at the 1 minute, 45 seconds left.
The Wildcats did not get any closer, however, as William Penn went on a 5-0 run to take a 67-58 lead with just 55 seconds to play.
"I always expect our kids to play hard and anytime you come into York High, they're going to do the same thing, so I knew it was going to be a dog fight," Dallastown coach Mike Grassel said. "We just couldn't seem to knock down that next bucket (to get closer), and they knocked down their foul shots at the end."
The Bearcats connected on 15-of-22 foul shots for the game and the Wildcats were 15-of-25.
"I thought we had great refereeing last year (with two refs)," said Sowers, alluding to the three-referee system used this season. "It's an experiment and who is going to determine if the experiment worked?"
The first half saw each team go on a run to end the quarters.
Dallastown held a nine-point lead at one point in the first quarter, before the Bearcats closed the frame on a 10-3 run, to trail 18-16 after the first eight minutes.
In the second quarter, William Penn led by six with 3:06 to play, but the Wildcats closed the half on a 5-0 run to take a 30-29 lead into intermission.
William Penn standout Tavon Parker, who scored only six points in the first half, exploded in the third quarter en route to finishing with a game-high 23 points.
"I was able to hit some shots," Parker said of his 12 points in the third. "Once I saw that first shot fall, it was a bit of a pressure release. I was getting the shots (earlier in the game), I just wasn't hitting them."
As Parker went off for the home team, the Wildcats scored 10 points for the quarter to go along with nine turnovers. Each team finished with at least 20 turnovers.
"We had a few turnovers, and they made their run," Grassel said. "Those turnovers hurt us."
DaiQuest Casiano scored 11 points and Ramel Stephens and Ohsajid Beard each finished with 10 for William Penn.
Dallastown was led by Ben Doorn and Ethan Sutton, who each scored 12 points. Mitch Small added 10.
Gibbs 2 2-2 5, Mitch Small 4 2-7 10, Ethan Sutton 4 3-4 12, J. Sutton 2 2-4 7, Henry 0 0-0 0, Robertson 4 0-0 9, Ben Doorn 3 6-8 12, Ludwig 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 15-25 61.
WILLIAM PENN (70)
Wilson 3 1-2 8, DaiQuest Casiano 5 0-1 11, Ramel Stephens 5 0-0 10, Dickson 1 2-2 4, Ohsajid Beard 4 2-2 10, Shifflett 0 0-0 0, J. Wilson 1 2-2 4, Tavon Parker 7 8-13 23. Totals 26 15-22 70.
Dallastown 18 12 10 21 -- 61 William Penn 16 13 23 18 -- 70
3-point goals -- Dallastown 4 (Gibbs, E. Sutton, Robertson, J. Sutton); William Penn 3 (D. Wilson, Casiano, Parker).
JV score -- William Penn 61, Dallastown 40.