York, PA -
Check the fourth quarter stat sheet for South Western.
No balanced attack.
No points for the league's top scorer.
But keep reading. Scan the bottom of the sheet to see Mike Duffy, the only South Western player to score a point in the fourth quarter.
All alone, Duffy somehow scored just enough to pull off South Western's 52-47 come-from-behind victory at Dallastown. Down by four points with just over four minutes to play, South Western won because Duffy managed to match Dallastown's entire team -- point for point.
He hit his team's first fourth-quarter bucket with 3:17 to play, draining a 3-pointer on the wing in transition. He sank five free throws, and with under a minute to play he ran off a double screen to hit another 3-pointer.
"I like any open shot," Duffy said laughing after the game.
The fourth quarter turned out to be eight minutes of wacky basketball. South Western coughed up a five-point lead; Dallastown coughed up a four-point lead. In a game of runs, Dallastown couldn't match Duffy. He scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, all 11 coming in the game's final 3:17. The final total for the game's last 197 seconds: Mike Duffy 11, Dallastown 2.
"He's always got the hot hand," South Western coach Nathan Brodbeck said.
Duffy did a bit of everything. Even when Dallastown still had an opportunity to tie the game -- running its half-court offense with under 21 seconds to play with a potential game-tying 3-pointer at stake -- Duffy ran out near the perimeter to steal the ball and seal the win.
"We got a little lackadaisical," Dallastown's Ben Doorn said. "We didn't play the whole 32 minutes ... we just need to play with the same type of energy from the beginning to end -- that's our main problem."
Doorn (17 points) and Ethan Sutton (game-high 18 points) combined to score all of Dallastown's 11 points in the fourth quarter, but just four Dallastown players scored in the game.
The York-Adams league's leading scorer, Parker Bean (averaging 22.9 ppg through 11 games), dominated for stretches. He scored 13 points, but he also spent significant time on the bench, including almost the entire second quarter after picking up two fouls. Late in the game, Dallastown worked him over in the paint. They fronted him and collapsed on the back side, meaning multiple defenders surrounded him whenever he touched the ball.
"They got us a little bit out of rhythm," Duffy said. "Most of our offense, obviously goes around (Bean). We try to get him the ball to get our offense going, but it worked out in the end."
Part of South Western's success came from the Mustangs' ability to rely on a spread motion offense. South Western switches to that look when Bean is bottled up inside.
It worked in the second quarter, when South Western outscored Dallastown 18-12. In the middle of that quarter, South Western went on 12-4 run. A league tournament finalist a year ago, South Western has struggled to replace its seniors from last year's squad despite returning scoring threats Bean and Duffy.
"We feel comfortable with everyone we play," Brodbeck said. "We felt comfortable coming into the season, but in the first half of the season you do wonder, 'Can they do it?' We knew they could do it summer league. We knew they could do it in practice. But can they do it in Dallastown in January?"
South Western lost four of its first seven games.
"It's been a slow start ... everyone in that (2012) senior class worked so hard," Duffy said. "Losing those guys, I felt like it just took a little time for some of our guys to transition into their new roles. We're starting to hit on a groove, which is good. We're hitting it at the right time."
SOUTH WESTERN (52)
Geiman 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 3-4 5, Cook 4 1-1 9, McKercher 3 1-2 7, Lane 1 0-0 2, Staub 0 0-0 0, Parker Bean 5 3-5 13, Mike Duffy 3 7-9 16, Hess 0 0-0 0. Totals17 15-21 52.
Gibbs 2 0-0 6, Small 3 0-0 6, Ethan Sutton 6 6-6 18, J. Sutton 0 0-0 0, Henry 0 0-0 0, Robertson 0 0-0 0, Marks 0 0-0 0, Ben Doorn 7 3-4 17, Ludwig 0 0-0 0. Totals18 9-10 47.
South Western 16 18 7 11 -- 52
Dallastown 14 12 10 11 -- 47
3-point goals -- South Western 3 (Duffy 3); Dallastown 2 (Gibbs 2).
JV score -- Dallastown, 33-30.