Eastern York played pretty well for two quarters against Bishop McDevitt during Saturday night's Central York Tip-Off Tournament championship game.
What happened in the two quarters the Golden Knights did not play well was the difference as Bishop McDevitt raced to an 80-57 win at Central York High School.
"People are going to look at the score and say, 'Oh, they got blown out by 23,' " said second-year Eastern York coach Jon Reichard. "But we had it down to 12 late in the game. We got tired. I don't know if there is a moral victory, but we are trying to find one out of it."
Eastern York (1-1) began the second quarter tied at 16 thanks to eight first-quarter points from freshman Broguen Nicholas and five from senior Dalton Reichard, but Bishop McDevitt (2-0) burst out of the blocks with eight unanswered points to claim the lead for good.
"Both Dalton and Nicholas played well," Jon Reichard said. "I thought Nicholas learned some good lessons on the defensive end in this game. He is finding out there are guys bigger and stronger than him and he can't strip people and do some of the other things as often as he did at the lower levels. But for a freshman, he handled himself very well. He handled their pressure all night long."
Reichard sank two free throws at the 5:13 mark before the half to stop the run, but the Crusaders proceeded on a 13-point unanswered run to forge ahead 37-18 with just under three minutes before the half. Bishop McDevitt took a 44-23 lead into halftime.
Eastern York managed seven points on 2-of-11 shooting and were outrebounded by a 13-5 margin in that quarter. Bishop McDevitt finished with a 32-19 advantage on the boards in the game.
"We took some quick shots in that quarter," the Coach Reichard said. "When you don't get those to go, it is a bad situation because (Bishop McDevitt) is so good in transition. The other thing is we didn't rebound. We were in good position but you still got to use your body to get them out of there. Those guys for McDevitt can really get off the floor. We worked on rebounding during the shootaround earlier in the day but didn't get it done in the game."
The inexperienced Golden Knights, with only one returning starter from last year in Reichard and only four players with varsity experience, then came out in the third quarter and threw 21 points on the board. It was Reichard and Nicholas again leading the way with 17 of those points as Eastern York narrowed the lead to 57-44 entering the fourth quarter.
"I was proud that these guys didn't quit," Reichard said. "We have some talent but we are going to have to work hard. That is why we came to this tournament. We knew it would be pretty tough.
"We were pretty proud that we actually forced them into calling a timeout when we closed the gap. I told the team I was proud of that."
Bishop McDevitt got hot in the fourth quarter, making 10-of-15 shot attempts, as the Golden Knights' offense slowed. All but one of Bishop McDevitt's field goals were inside the paint while Eastern York scored three of its five field goals from beyond the 3-point line. Nicholas had a 3-pointer to account for his fourth-quarter output while Reichard was blanked.
"We let them get an awful lot of open shots and shots in the paint," Coach Reichard said. "It is one thing we are going to have to work on. When you get tired and start reaching, they can get by you and start stretching that score out."
Reichard and Nicholas, who both finished with a team-high 19 points Saturday, were selected to the All-Tournament team along with Nick Salter of Central York, Zac Burke of Penn Manor and Daquan Phillips of Bishop McDevitt. Justin McCarthur of Bishop McDevitt was the tourney MVP after a 20-point performance in the championship game and a 16-point game Friday against Penn Manor.
"Dalton had some tired legs tonight," Reichard said. "Some of his shots came up a little short as the game went on. Last night, he was hitting them from the Susquehanna River. But he made some amazing moves in the paint and got up high and with two hands on some of his shots inside. He didn't quit playing.
"He's got to be our leader and I think he's going to do a good job."
Panther rally for win: Central York (1-1) found itself in another tight game Saturday in the consolation final against Penn Manor but scrambled for a 52-45 win.
Two free throws from the Panthers' Royce Clemens tied the score at 45-45 with 1:56 remaining and a layup off a loose ball by Clemens with 56 seconds left put Central York ahead to stay. A goaltending call on Penn Manor along two free throws by Sam Saxton and one by Nick Salter iced the game.
Central jumped out to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter before Penn Manor stormed back to knot the score at 25-25 by halftime. Penn Manor then took a 36-31 lead after three quarters before the Panthers last-quarter heroics.
Salter led Central York with 12 points while Clemens added 11 and Saxton scored 10. Penn Manor was paced by a game-high 13 points from Zac Burke.
EASTERN YORK (57)
Pete LaCesa 0 0-0 0, Travis Knaub 1 0-1 2, Broguen Nicholas 7 1-4 19, Travis Solomon 2 0-0 4, Dalton Reichard 7 3-3 19, Dalton Renn 0 0-0 0, Grum Kebede 2 0-0 6, Cody Bollinger 0 0-0 0, Conrad Rhein 0 0-0 0, Jake Kessler 2 0-0 4, Christian Buser 1 1-4 3. Totals 22 5-12 57.
Eastern 16 7 21 13 -- 57
Bishop McDevitt 16 28 13 23 -- 80
3-point goals -- Bishop McDevitt 7 (McCarthur 3, Barwin 2, Gantz, Hudson-Emory); Eastern York 8 (Nicholas 4, Reichard 2, Kebede 2).
CENTRAL YORK (52)
Hartz 2 1-2 5, Snyder 2 0-0 4, Falci 2 0-0 4, Shaffer 0 0-0 0, Sauers, Nick Salter 4 4-6 12, Sam Saxton 3 2-2 10, Royce Clemens 4 3-4 11, Wagner 1 1-2 3, Gardner 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 11-16 21.
PENN MANOR (45)
Brown 2 1-4 5, Brady Charles 4 3-4 12, Parmer 1 1-2 3, Harris 1 0-0 2, Skelly 2 0-0 4, Hess 0 0-0 0, Caggiano 0 0-0 0, Zac Burke 5 2-3 13, Carmichael 0 0-2 0, Quinn 3 0-0 6. Totals 18 7-15 45.
Central York 15 10 6 21 -- 52
Penn Manor 9 16 11 9 -- 45
3-point goals -- Central York 3 (Saxton 2, Gardner); Penn Manor 2 (Charles, Burke).