After suffering an overtime loss at the hands of York Suburban on Tuesday night, Eastern York High started very slowly against Bermudian Springs and found itself in an early hole.
A timeout by Golden Knights head coach John Reichard stemmed the tide, as his team responded by digging its way out and going on to defeat the Eagles 49-45 in YAIAA Division III boys' basketball action Friday night in York Springs.
Eastern (8-4, 4-2 YAIAA III) fell behind 12-2 as Bermudian's Silas Murren went to work inside and scored 10 points in the first three minutes of the game. That had Reichard calling for timeout.
Dalton Reichard started the Knights march back into the contest with a three-point play out of the timeout, then cut the deficit to 12-7 with a pull-up jumper following a defensive stop.
Reichard scored again with 2:41 left in the quarter as he posted nine points in the opening stanza. The period ended with the Eagles ahead, 16-11.
"We came out lethargic and I used to a timeout to try to get them going," John Reichard said. "The kids picked up the intensity after that and played the game."
Bermudian (8-3, 4-2) assumed a 19-13 lead on Murren's bucket with 6:38 to go in the half, the last points for the Eagles until Murren's hoop with 49 seconds left in the half.
Between Murren's field goals, Grum Kebede hit a pair of 3-pointers, one from each corner, and Broguen Nicholas' layup gave Eastern its first lead of the game.
Bermudian started the second half well, and Zach Stroup's trifecta with 3:56 left in the frame put the Eagles in front, 31-25. The host didn't score for the rest of the quarter.
With the Eagles going dry on offense, Eastern worked its way back and took the lead for good when Travis Knaube finished a layup with 1:54 to go in the quarter.
Kebede set up Jake Kessler for a layup, a bucket that came with a foul, and Kessler drained the free throw to complete the three-point play. Kebede's hoop with 1:02 left in the quarter made it 37-31 heading for the fourth quarter.
For the night, Kebede came off the bench and put in 12 points.
Neil Murren finally broke the scoring drought for the Eagles at the 6:58 mark of the fourth quarter to shave the deficit to 37-33.
Eastern pushed the lead back to six and it held there for most of the quarter before Stroup's 3-pointer and a bucket made it 44-43 with 1:16 left.
Problems at the free throw line allowed the Eagles to stick around as Eastern made just 3-of-8 over the final 95 seconds.
Trailing 48-45 with 15 seconds left, Bermudian took possession under its own basket and was able to get up the floor quick enough to get off two 3-point attempts. Both were off the mark. Austin Huntington's try from the left wing was in-and-out, while Stroup's from the top of the key was short.
"They turned up the pressure in the second half and were more physical," Bermudian head coach Tom Flaherty said. "We weren't patient, we didn't play together, and we didn't share the ball well enough."
Dalton Reichard paced the winners with 14 points and five rebounds.
Silas Murren led the Eagles with 14 points and seven boards.
EASTERN YORK (49)
Dalton Reichard 5 4-6 14, Grum Kebede 5 0-0 12, Broguen Nicholas 4 2-5 11, Kessler 2 1-1 5, Buser 1 0-0 2, Knaub 1 0-0 2, Bollinger 1 0-0 2, Solomon 0 1-5 1, Rhein 0 0-0 0. Totals19 8-17 49.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS (45)
Silas Murren 7 0-2 14, Hartell 3 1-2 8, Z. Stroup 3 0-0 8, N. Murren 3 0-0 6, Orwig 2 0-0 5, Hunington 2 0-0 4, J. Stroup 0 0-0 0, R. Markle 0 0-2 0, Horst 0 0-0 0. Totals20 1-6 45.
Eastern York 11 10 16 12 -- 49
Bermudian Springs 16 5 10 14 -- 45
3-point goals -- Eastern York 3 (Kebede 2, Nicholas); Bermudian Springs 4 (Z. Stroup 2, Orwig, Hartzell).
JV score -- Eastern York, 45-34.