In the second year under head coach Blaine Claiborne, York Catholic is 20-1. The Irish have enjoyed every minute of the season so far. Matt Allibone
Too quick, too big and too talented, York Catholic proved to be too much for Eastern York in a YAIAA boys' basketball tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Irish handled the Golden Knights 62-51 at West York High School. York Catholic advanced to the semifinals, where it will face Northeastern. The Bobcats and Thunderbolts played in Saturday's late quarterfinal.
Eastern York hung tight early. Each team was busy feeling each other out in the opening quarter, and Eastern — on the strength of three 3-pointers — led 12-10 after the opening eight minutes.
But the Irish proved to have too much firepower on this evening. They outscored the Golden Knights 17-6 in the second quarter to take a 27-18 halftime lead. That advantage ballooned in the third quarter, when York Catholic surrendered just two points and took a 48-20 advantage entering the final frame.
"We just had to adapt. We couldn't stick with the same game plan," York Catholic forward Melik Martin said. "They had, like, four people around me while I was in the paint. We had to adjust. That actually opened up shots for people on the outside which was really good. We started to heat up in the second half."
D'Andre Davis led the Irish with 15 points, nine of which came in the first half. Martin finished with 12 while Kyle Derowski and Andrew Forjan each finished with nine.
Eastern, which played hard from start to finish, was led by Stephen Wisler's 14. Evan Springer added 13 for the Golden Knights.
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