It surely wasn't the best game that York Country Day has played this season. But the Greyhounds played well enough to pick up a road win at Fairfield, 63-54, in boys basketball action Saturday afternoon at Richard C. Stroup Gymnasium.
Country Day (12-0) held an 18-point lead with five minutes to play before the Green Knights ran off 12 straight points to make things interesting as they cut the lead to 55-49 with 2:06 to play.
Fairfield (2-13, 0-9 YAIAA Division III) got as close as 59-54 with 1:12 to go.
"It was a quick turnaround from playing (Friday) and I didn't know what kind of energy we would have today," Fairfield head coach Andy Winebrenner said. "We played well in the first half, then things went bad for us in the third quarter. But we fought back to make it close and I'm proud of the effort our kids played with today."
Winebrenner was referring to a third quarter that saw the Greyhounds stretch a 34-33 halftime lead to a 49-37 advantage heading to the final stanza.
Country Day forced five Green Knight turnovers in the third quarter and the hosts made just one field goal in the frame.
"We didn't play defense the way that we're capable of in the first half," Greyhounds head coach Corey Stiles said. "We try to hold opponents to 10 points or less in a quarter. So 33 in a half is too many. We have to be better than this, but I'm happy that we won and I was happy with the way that we played in the third quarter."
Fairfield played well in the first quarter and led 18-17 after the opening frame. The hosts stretched their advantage as large as 25-19 early in the second quarter and led 33-28 before the Greyhounds posted the final six points of the half to take a one-point halftime lead.
Country Day junior DeAireus Brown was a tough matchup all afternoon for the Green Knights as he pocketed 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
"Brown is a problem," Winebrenner said. "He's so athletic that we really couldn't trust playing man-to-man defense against them. We played zone, until the final two minutes of the game, and he was still able to beat it."
Jordan Ray also played well for the visitors as he scored 19 points and grabbed nine boards to help York Country Day to a plus-15 (44-29) on the glass.
Tristen Griffith led the Knights with 18 points and nine rebounds.
York Country Day (63)
Gertz 0 3-4 3, Hamilton 4 1-2 9, Greisler 1 0-0 2, Sanders 0 0-2 0, DeAireus Brown 11 3-4 27, Jordan Ray 7 4-6 19, Gladfelter 0 0-0 0, Wymard 1 0-0 3. Totals — 24 11-18 63.
Stadler 0 2-2 2, Michael Ball 7 0-0 14, Aaron Moore 4 1-2 10, Yingling 0 0-0 0, Tristen Griffith 6 2-2 18, Mort 3 1-1 8, Macharsky 1 0-2 2. Totals — 21 6-9 54.
York Country Day _17 _17 _15 _14 _—_63
Fairfield _18 _15 _4 _17_—_54
3-point goals — YCD 4 (Brown 2, Ray, Wymard), Fair 6 (Griffith 4, Moore, Mort).