Things were going York Catholic's way the first 12 minutes of Saturday's boys' basketball game against Lancaster Mennonite.

The Irish held an eight-point lead with 4:05 to play in the first half, but that's when the game changed.

Lancaster Mennonite went on a 9-2 run to end the half a point down. When the second half began, all the momentum stayed with the visitors en route to a 51-36 win.

"The momentum sort of shifted to them," Irish coach Joe Keesey said. "But, then the third quarter wasn't very good, and I think it stemmed from the second quarter."

York Catholic (5-5) shot just 2-of-10 from the floor in the third quarter and 4-of-11 in the fourth. The Irish scored just 13 total points in the final 16 minutes.

Lancaster Menonite’s Jon Snader puts pressure on York Catholic’s Tucker Ebersole during the Blazers’ 51-36 victory against the Irish on
Lancaster Menonite's Jon Snader puts pressure on York Catholic's Tucker Ebersole during the Blazers' 51-36 victory against the Irish on Saturday. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Jason Plotkin)

"We had missed layups," Keesey said. "We've had trouble on offense all season. We haven't been a very good offensive team."

The Blazers' (9-3) found their groove in the second half, shooting 50 percent, compared to the 33 percent of the first half.

"On offense, they do a good job of defending the perimeter," said Blazers coach Geoffrey Groff, who added that York Catholic's stretched defense could allow for opportunities driving to the basket.

Mennonite outscored the Irish 13-5 in the third quarter to take charge of the game. Zach Lehman scored six of his 12 points in the third quarter.

Lehman was just one of four Blazers to score, something that is common for Mennonite.

"We have four guys who are very experienced and very comfortable (scoring)," Groff said.

Blazers sophomore Julian Collazo led all scorers with 21 points. Jon Snader added 10 and Matt Hess contributed eight.

Mennonite led 35-28 after the third quarter, and York Catholic closed to within five with 4:42 remaining, but that was as close to the lead as it got.

Keesey played nine players and all nine scored. Erich Hartman and Adam Hack came off the bench and each provided eight points to lead the Irish.

York Catholic did force 14 Blazers turnovers but were undone by shooting 29 percent in the second half. Keesey is looking for better offensive production as the season goes into its second half.

"The defense is pretty good," Keesey said. "Hopefully, we can score more points and make our offense better."
  
LANCASTER MENNONITE (51)
   Bair 0 0-2 0, Frederickson 0 0-0 0, Hess 2 4-4 8, Stephens 0 0-0 0, Vazquez 0 0-0 0, Kemp 0 0-0 0, Jon Snader 4 2-3 10, Flanders 0 0-0 0, Zach Lehman 5 2-2 12, Julian Collazo 7 5-5 21. Totals 18 13-16 51
YORK CATHOLIC (36)
   O'Brien 2 0-2 4, Dougherty 1 0-0 2, Rost 3 0-1 7, McKim 0 1-2 1, Williams 1 0-0 2, Ebersole 1 0-0 2, Erich Hartman 3 2-2 8, Adam Hack 4 0-0 8, Devlin 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 3-7 36.
Mennonite   11  11  13  16 -- 51
Y. Catholic   13  10    5    8 -- 36
   3-point goals -- Lancaster Mennonite 2 (Collazo 2); York Catholic 1 (Rost).