A fantastic effort on the defensive end propelled Eastern York boys' basketball to a 52-44 victory over Gettysburg in YAIAA Division II playThursday night at Gettysburg.
Gettysburg (3-1, 1-1 YAIAA II) made just 15-of-57 (26 percent) from the field, including 9-of-37 (24 percent) 3-point attempts.
"They didn't shoot well at all, but I'd like to think that we played a part in that," Eastern head coach Jon Reichard said. "We switched some things up and kept throwing different looks at them to try to confuse them."
Gettysburg head coach Jeff Bair said, "Some of our shots were forced, but most of them were okay. We tried to go inside to (Ravaughn Dillard) but Eastern is very good at positional defense and they defended us well tonight."
The Warriors started quick and grabbed a 9-3 advantage early with Max Lampe connecting on a pair of 3-pointers and Marquise Camel knocking one down as well.
Eastern (2-2, 1-1) ran off the next 12 points before Camel's runner to end the frame put the Warriors behind, 15-11, after the first.
Golden Knights star Broguen Nicholas was content to act as playmaker for his teammates in the first quarter, as the senior didn't attempt a shot in the opening frame and handed out four assists in the stanza.
"Broguen didn't try to force shots and sometimes he does that. He let the game come to him tonight," Reichard said. "We emphasized playing team ball, because it's been too much 'me' and not enough 'we' and that's been a team-wide problem early this season.
"Before tonight, guys were playing too much for themselves instead of for the group."
Eastern's continued strong play pushed the visitors to a 29-17 halftime lead, but the Warriors didn't go away in the second half.
Lampe and Camel drew Gettysburg within 29-25 early in the third quarter and the hosts trailed 33-29 midway through the period before a good finish to the frame pushed Eastern's lead to 39-32 heading for the final stanza.
Eastern opened a 45-34 lead with 6:32 left, but back-to-back triples by Camel closed the gap to 45-40 and Gettysburg got as close as 48-44 when Lampe scored with 1:22 remaining.
A couple of late hoops by Dom Particelli put the game away for the Golden Knights, however. Particelli finished with a team-high 15 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds.
"Dom played a great game tonight," Reichard said. "He was in the right place at the right time and played his role very well."
Nicholas was held to eight points, but did have six assists. Jared Achterburg added seven points and 12 rebounds.
Camel led the way for the Warriors with 24 points, while Lampe scored 14.
It's a quick turnaround for both squads, as they both return to action Friday with Gettysburg playing at Susquehannock and Eastern hosting West York.
Eastern York 52, Gettysburg 44
Eastern York (52)
Jared Achterburg 3 1-1 7, Broguen Nicholas 3 2-2 8, Jared Woods 6 0-0 13, Ryan Kalke 0 0-0 0, Evan Springer 3 0-1 9, Dom Particelli 7 0-1 15, Elijah Lowe 0 0-0 0, Colby Shimmel 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 3-5 52.
Cade Eckhart 0 0-0 0, Marquise Camel 7 5-6 24, Andrew Biggins 0 0-0 0, Max Lampe 5 0-0 14, Connor Weikert 1 0-0 2, Tyson Sherman 0 0-0 0, Ravaughn Dillard 2 0-0 4, Austin Crushong 0 0-0 0, David Buxton 0 0-0 0, Tyler Bream 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 5-6 44.
Eastern York _15 _14 _10 _13 - _52
Gettysburg _11 _6 _15 _12 - _44
Three-Point Goals - EY 5 (Springer 3, Woods, Particelli), Get 9 (Camel 5, Lampe 4)
JV Score - Eastern York 37, Gettysburg 29