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GameTimePA reporters Teddy Feinberg and Jim Seip breakdown the YAIAA girls' and boys' basketball tournaments, detailing what teams are favored to win. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com

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For a brief moment Saturday night, Littlestown had the lead.

Taking on Division I champion Northeastern in the quarterfinals of the YAIAA tournament at West York High School, the underdog Bolts scored the first basket of the game. It was the only lead they had all night.

The Bobcats quickly took control and cruised to a 79-41 win. Northeastern will play York Catholic in the semifinals Wednesday at Red Lion High School.

"If you want to try and match their athleticism, we can't do that right now," Littlestown coach John Forster said. "They're a heck of a basketball team. We tried to be patient and slow down and obviously we didn't do a good job staying patient. We let their pressure affect us."

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The Bobcats pressed the Bolts all night, forcing a number of turnovers and getting baskets in transition. Northeastern also hit seven 3-pointers and led by 25 at halftime.

Junior guard Antonio Rizzuto led the Bobcats with 20 points, picking up 10 of them in the first quarter. Nate Wilson (15), Brandon Coleman (15) and Fred Mulbah (13) also scored in double digits for Northeastern.

Sophomore guard Logan Collins led Littlestown with 15. The Bolts will now turn their attention to the District 3 Class 4A playoffs, where they are seeded sixth.

 

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