After jumping out to a 7-0 lead and holding York Catholic scoreless for the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game, Delone Catholic suddenly found itself tied at 15 two minutes into the second quarter.
At that point, Delone head coach Jim Dooley made a decision that would alter the course of the game and ultimately help his Squires dismantle York Catholic 56-42 in a YAIAA Division IV boys' basketball matchup.
Dooley told his team to get into its 1-3-1 half-court trap. The result was that the Squires went on a 15-0 run and would have held the Irish scoreless for the last seven minutes of the quarter had it not been for a desperate three at the buzzer by York Catholic's Joseph Rost.
The run allowed the Squires to take at 30-18 lead into the half.
"We trapped very well tonight," Delone senior Brett Smith said. "We did a very good job of trapping them and getting steals. Tanner (Orndorff) did a great job of shooting the gaps and helped us turn them into easy layups."
"We struggled a lot with the trap," York Catholic head coach Joe Keesey said. "We were prepared for it too. We just made bad passes and they were a little bit better than we were on offense. We practiced the last two days against it, but we didn't do a good job. We knew it was coming. Any time you have Brett Smith, he was crucial."
In addition to the press, the Irish also lost the physical battle as the referees allowed a lot of contact throughout the night. York Catholic
"Any time the refs let them play, it favors a physical team like Delone because we are not physical," Keesey said.
Delone's physical dominance was evident in each hustle play. The Squires were always a step ahead.
Brett Smith and Andrew Austin had big first halves for the Squires (8-4, 6-0). Austin finished the half with 11 points, mostly on the inside, and Smith scored 12, mostly on pull-up jumpers.
"Austin did great," Smith said. "It is good to have that presence down there and for someone to score over 10 points. We needed someone to score. He is going to be one of our scorers and he will be a big key for us this year."
The Squires came out of the half with the same defensive dominance that they displayed in the first and extended their lead to 20 points by the end of the quarter.
"I thought two of the best plays all night happened in the third," Dooley said. "They were consecutive great passes by Tanner Orndorff. The first was a two-hand chest pass to Brett Smith under the basket and the second one was kind of the same pass to (Jake Wiles) for a layup."
York Catholic staged a strong comeback in the fourth quarter and cut a 23-point lead to 12. It proved to be too little too late for the Irish as Delone was able to play keep-away and run out the clock.
Smith led the way for Delone with a game-high 22 points and Erich Hartman finished with a team-high 13 for York Catholic.
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YORK CATHOLIC (42)
Erich Hartman 5 1-2 13, Joseph Rost 5 0-0 12, O'Brien 3 0-0 6, McKim 2 0-0 5, Dougherty 2 0-0 4, Devlin 1 0-0 2, Martello 0 0-0 0, William 0 0-0 0, Eversole 0 0-0 0, Hack 0 0-0 0. Totals18 1-2 42.
DELONE CATHOLIC (56)
Brett Smith 9 3-6 22, Austin 5 3-6 14, Wiles 2 3-5 7, Orndorff 3 0-1 6, Moore 2 0-0 5, Altland 1 0-0 2, Kilkelly 0 0-0 0. Totals22 9-18 56.
York Catholic 11 7 9 15 -- 42
Delone Catholic 13 17 17 9 -- 56
3-point goals -- York Catholic 5 (Hartman 2, Rost 2, McKim); Delone Catholic 3 (Smith, Moore, Austin).
JV score -- York Catholic 46, Delone Catholic 40.