South Western High head coach Nate Brodbeck called a timeout with his boys' basketball team trailing Dallastown 13-12 midway through the second quarter.
He was extremely unhappy with the lackadaisical effort his team was showing on the boards. After taking an 8-2 lead in the second quarter, the Mustangs allowed Dallastown to go on an 11-4 run.
From that point, South Western outrebounded Dallastown 18-5 and dominated the second half to defeat the Wildcats 54-34 to advance to the YAIAA championship game at 7 p.m. Friday at York College.
"Coming into the last two games, they have beaten us pretty bad on the boards," Parker Bean said. "Those second-chance points, you just can't give them up. We definitely came out in the second half ready to get it done on the boards, and it showed."
Even with Bean limited much of the first half with foul trouble, the Mustangs took an 18-15 lead into halftime.
South Western came out and Bean's presence was immediately felt as he scored South Western's first four points. He finished the night with 13.
Fellow senior Mike Duffy had the hot hand in the third quarter as he scored 12 of his team's 20 third-quarter points as South Western outscored Dallastown 20-6 to put the game out of reach and take a 38-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
"We came out in the second half and had to give Parker the ball," Brodbeck said. "I really think that was the difference in the game, establishing him. From there, our defense did a great job. We scored, got a stop, scored, got a stop. That is a credit to us."
Bean and Duffy have spearheaded South Western all season long both offensively and defensively and Wednesday was no different. Their defensive pressure led to several steals and easy baskets by Duffy. It also left Brodbeck with a smile.
"I am really proud of (Duffy) and Parker," Brodbeck said. "This is their senior year and they get to go back to York College. I was very proud of our defense in the first half. We said at halftime we only gave up 15 points and four of those were offensive put-backs. I thought we got outworked in the first half. We were fortunate to be up 18-15. To only give up 34 points in the game is tremendous D."
Bean's presence in the game not only benefited him, but his 6-foot-6 presence opened things for the rest of the team.
"Being in the game is huge," he said. "In the first half, I was sort of slow down there. In the second half, I was able to get the ball down low. Coach did a lot of things to try to get me the ball. When they have three guys crashing down on me, that opens up a lot of things, including threes, which we were able to hit a few of them tonight."
No one could agree more than the beneficiary of three of them, Duffy.
"The third quarter was all about the presence of Parker," Duffy said. "I looked at him at halftime and told him. 'I need you right now,' and he came out of the half and was a monster. He got rebounds, second-chance points, and was just a monster. Austin (Cook) played well. A lot of guys really stepped up. I am just glad we are playing Friday."
It will be the second year in a row the Mustangs have played in the YAIAA championship game and the second year in a row that William Penn will be the opponent. For Bean and Duffy, they could not care less who they play. They are just excited about a return trip.
"This is awesome for me and Mike, being 4-year guys and the other two seniors on the team," Bean said. "For the younger guys, we are excited for them because who knows when they will get to York again. Ot is just awesome. This is our last year and we are just excited for the opportunity. Whatever happens, happens. We are just excited to be here."
"I love this environment," Duffy added. "This is what we played for. This is why we worked so hard in the summer. Winning games like this is the great feeling in the world. I am so excited we get to go to York College."
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SOUTH WESTERN (54)
Geiman 2 0-0 5, Smith 1 0-0 3, Austin Cook 4 2-4 10, Robinson 0 3-4 3, Parker Bean 5 3-4 13, Mike Duffy, 6 4-4 19.Totals 18 13-19 54.
Gibbs 1 0-0 3, Small 2 0-0 4, Ethan Sutton 5 2-2 13, Robertson 2 2-2 6, Dooth 1 4-4 6, Ludwig 1 0-0 2.Totals. 12 8-8 34
Southwestern 8 10 20 16 -- 54
Dallastown 2 13 6 13 -- 34
3-point goals -- DT 2 (Gibbs, Sutton), SW5 (Geiman, Smith, Duffy, 3)