So much has changed for the York Suburban boys' basketball team since it lost to Susquehannock on Jan. 11.
The Trojans surrendered 65 points to the Warriors on that night in a YAIAA Division III loss.
On Tuesday night, with the Trojans having a chance to clinch a share of the division crown, they knew a better defensive effort was needed.
The Trojans answered the bell by holding the Warriors to single digits in each of the last two quarters in a 60-40 win that clinched a share of the division crown with Eastern York.
"I thought we did an excellent job defensively," Trojans head coach Dustin Boeckel said. "There was a lot of energy here with the crowd and we've been playing extremely well."
Since their loss to the Warriors, the Trojans are 9-2 overall and finished the regular season with a 13-9 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the division.
"I think we're playing with a lot more enthusiasm," Boeckel said. "Whenever you play with enthusiasm, good things usually happen. We're doing a better job of playing as a team."
Nine Trojans registered a point with senior Evan Eberhardinger leading the way with 19 points on senior night.
"I'm excited, it was a big win for us to get into counties," Eberhardinger said.
With the exception of a tie at 2-all, Suburban led the entire game by getting contributions all around.
Eberhardinger scored 11 of the Trojans' 16 first-quarter points, before P.J. McClane scored all seven of his points in the second quarter as Suburban led 33-25 at halftime.
Malique Wise and CJ Boxley each scored nine points for the Trojans. At 6-foot-8, Wise, who also pulled down 10 rebounds, is making his presence known in the post.
"You have to account for him down low," Boeckel said of Wise. "Malique has improved drastically. He's doing a much better job of finishing around the hoop and, defensively, he's picked up too."
Susquehannock (14-8, 9-5), which shot just 16-of-38 from the field, was led by Tyler Brooks' 14 points and Dan Ferraro's 11.
Suburban started the season 2-6, then was 4-8. Finishing the regular season on a five game winning streak, the Trojans most definitely turned their season around.
"I give the credit to the kids," Boeckel said. "The effort they've shown to turn things around -- I'm extremely proud of them. At 2-6 and 4-8, it's very easy to pack it in. But, they had a lot of trust and confidence in each other to turn things around."
Eberhardinger, the lone returning starter from last season's 23-win team, is proud of the young team's growth throughout the season.
"It was hard at first," Eberhardinger said. "We worked hard to get everybody working together. Now, it's all flowing together. At first, people didn't think we had a chance and now we're going to counties."
Hatcher 1 2-2 4, Tanurra 0 0-0 0, Kerr 0 0-0 0, Tyler Brooks 6 1-2 14, Dan Ferraro 4 2-2 11, Frey 2 0-0 4, McLee 3 1-2 7. Totals 16 6-8 40.
YORK SUBURBAN (60)
Evan Eberhardinger 9 0-0 19, C. Boxley 4 1-2 9, Moats 2 0-0 4, D. Boxley 0 0-0 0, McClane 2 2-3 7, Bauer 2 0-3 4, Briggs 0 2-2 2, Mears 0 0-0 0, McDowell 2 1-2 5, Wise 4 1-2 9, Randall 0 1-2 1. Totals 25 8-16 60.
Susquehannock 10 15 8 7 -- 40
York Suburban 16 17 12 15 -- 60
3-point goals -- Susquehannock 2 (Ferraro, Brooks), York Catholic 2 (Eberhardinger, McClane).
JV score -- York Suburban 61, Susquehannock 42.