HARRISBURG -- Fouled driving to the basket, Dalton Reichard landed on the hardwood beneath the hoop with a twisted ankle.
Even though he would go to the line to shoot two free throws, he smacked the floor in anger. He wanted -- no, Eastern York needed -- all the points he could throw in. He could be heard shouting "Finish!" after he limped to his bench for a fourth-quarter timeout.
That type of effort sparked Eastern York's wild comeback attempt against Bishop McDevitt, as the Crusaders held on for a 60-50 victory in the first round of the District 3 Class AAA boys' basketball tournament. Down by 20 points with 3 minutes to play in the third quarter, Eastern cut the deficit to four points with 1:52 to play on McDevitt's home Ginanni DeFilippo Court.
"That was one hell of an effort," Eastern coach -- and Dalton's father -- Jon Reichard said.
Reichard scored a team-high 21 points.
Eastern (16-8) had an opportunity to cut Bishop McDevitt's lead to two points, but McDevitt guard Donte Vaughn rushed in from the weak side to block Conrad Rhein's shot with about a minute left in the game.
Pulled from the game by McDevitt coach Jeff Hoke, Malik Gantz (nine points, 14 rebounds) re-entered in the final moments of the game to spark the Crusaders. Thanks to Vaughn's block and some Gantz outlet passes, McDevitt put the game out of reach with a trio of baskets -- including two in transition
"He's outstanding with the ball -- especially in the full court -- but the way he's rebounding the ball, that's what really helped us," Hoke said. "He just goes in there and pounds the boards. We just needed to get him a breather (late) to calm him down. You forget he's a sophomore with the way he plays out there."
McDevitt's Dyllon Hudson-Emory scored a game-high 23 points, but his effort might have been overshadowed by Eastern's comeback.
"We had some substitutes on the floor, some athletic kids that had some long arms," Jon Reichard said. "We got ourselves in the passing lanes. We switched to the 3-2 zone, pressed and ... they really started to sink into it.
"We just got this momentum rush that really took it to them."
McDevitt committed nine turnovers in the fourth quarter, a period that began with a 9-2 Eastern run.
"We made a nice run with our substitutes on the floor ... I'm proud of our effort, but I would have preferred to have another four points at the end (to tie the game)," Dalton Reichard said.
The playoff game was a rematch of the second game of the season, an 80-57 McDevitt victory.
"I just told them I can go out and get on the bus with about half a smile on my face," Jon Reichard said. "There for a while we looked passive, afraid to be in the same gym. ... I don't get into the small victory thing, but I think these kids now have a taste of what it's like at this level. And I think that will help us this summer as we prepare again for next year."
EASTERN YORK (50)
Knaub 3 0-0 7, Broguen Nicholas 5 2-2 12, Solomon 0 0-0 0, Dalton Reichard 8 1-2 21, Bollinger1 0-0 2, Rhein 0 0-0 0, Kessler 1 0-0 2, Buser 3 0-0 6. Totals21 3-4 50.
BISHOP McDEVITT (60)
Vaughn 1 0-0 3, Justin McArthur 5 1-2 13, Denniston 0 0-0 0, Caleb Barwin 4 0-0 10, Pierce 1 0-0 2, Gantz 3 3-6 9, Dyllon Hudson-Emory 8 7-9 23. Totals22 11-17 60.
Eastern 9 11 12 18 -- 50
Bishop McDevitt 15 16 16 13 -- 60
3-point goals -- Eastern 5 (Reichard 4, Knaub); McDevitt 5 (Barwin 2, McArthur 2, Vaughn).