New Oxford High's boys' basketball team took the court Thursday night in search of its second win of the season.

Behind a 14-point performance by Alex Decinti, the Colonials did just that by defeating York County Tech, 43-36, in the opening round of the Colonial Holiday Tournament.

"This was a big win for us," Colonial head coach Jim Zinn said. "Alex gave us a great shooting performance early and we were able to hold on."

With the win, the Colonials advance to the championship game Saturday, when they will face Bermudian Springs at 3 p.m. York County Tech will face Littlestown, a 56-43 loser to Bermudian Springs on Thursday, in the consolation game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Colonials jumped out to a 7-0 lead before York County Tech was able to get on the scoreboard.

"That quick start really helped us," Zinn said. "It gave us a boost of confidence and helped shake the rust off."

The Colonials took a 27-12 lead into the half, in large part behind Decinti's four first-half 3's. On two occasions, Decinti hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help New Oxford extend the lead.

The Spartans opened the half going on an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 27-20 before New Oxford put points on the board.

York County Tech's success was due in large part to the fact they changed their defense to a box-and-one, in which they keyed on Decinti at all times and limited him to only two second-half points.


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Despite the change in defense and a strong second half Spartan surge, the Colonials were able to hold on to their lead and came out with the victory.

In the first game of the evening, Bermudian Springs ran all over Littlestown, defeating the Thunderbolts, 56-43.

The Eagles jumped out to a 21-8 lead in the first quarter and used a dominating full court press to force the Thunderbolts into turnovers which led to easy buckets and a 37-20 halftime lead.

"We definitely thought that we could utilize our fullcourt press and that we could get some easy baskets," Bermudian head coach Tom Flaherty said. "It worked for us tonight and we were able to capitalize."

Many of the Eagles' baskets came via backdoor cuts and easy layups in the lane.

"We really work to take good quality shots," Flaherty added. "I thought we did that tonight."

In the second half, the Eagles held a 50-29 lead late into the third quarter, but the Thunderbolts came fighting back. Ryan Kehr led the charge by scoring all 10 of his team's fourth-quarter points. It was too late as the Eagles never relinquished their lead.

Bermudian was led by Silas Murren, Austin Hartzell and Dalton Horst, all with 12 points each. Horst and Ryan Markle combined for 17 points to lead a Bermudian bench that provided some formidable minutes. Kehr led the way for Littlestown with a game-high 16 points.

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New Oxford Holiday Tournament
   Bermudian Springs 56, Littlestown 43
   New Oxford 43, York County Tech 36
  

LITTLESTOWN (43)
   Ryan Kehr 5 4-4 16, Braden Becker 5 3-3 13, Trout 2 2-3 7, Zimmerman 1 1-2 3, Alejandrez 1 0-0 2, Hildebrand 1 0-0 2, Towner 0 0-0 0. Totals16 10-12 43.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS (56)
   Silas Murren 5 2-2 12, Austin Hartzell 5 2-3 12, Dalton Horst 6 0-0 12, Neil Murren 5 0-0 11, R. Markle 2 0-0 5, Orwig 2 0-0 4, Huntington 0 0-2 0, B. Markle 0 0-0 0, Shearer 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals25 4-7 56.
Littlestown     8  12  13  10 -- 43
Bermudian Springs   21  16  13    6 -- 56
   3-point goals -- Littlestown 1 (Trout); Bermudian Springs 2 (Markle, Murren). 
   JV score -- Bermudian Springs 37, Littlestown 33
  
YORK COUNTY TECH (36)
   Ronald Henderson 4 2-3 11, Donte Grim 4 2-3 11, Ford 2 0-0 5, Smith 1 1-2 4, Lynch 1 1-1 3, Forrest 1 0-2 2, Medina 0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Patrice 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0, McGhee 0 0-0 0. Totals14 4-9 36.
NEW OXFORD (43)
   Alex Decinti 5 0-0 14, Zachary Wildasin 5 1-2 11, Ernst 0 5-6 5, Beans 2 0-0 4, Starner 2 0-1 4, Kibler 1 0-0 3, O'Brien 0 2-2 2, Trimmer 0 0-0 0. Totals15 8-11 43.
York County Tech     4    8  16    8 -- 36
New Oxford   13  14  10    6 -- 43
   3-point goals -- York County Tech 4 (Forrest, Henderson, Smith, Ford); New Oxford 5 (Decinti 4, Kibler).