WILKES-BARRE, PA-The York College men’s basketball team notched an important road victory on Wednesday night as the Spartans edged Kings College 76-73 in a non-conference tilt in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Spartans, winners of two straight and four of their last five, improve to 6-4 overall while the Monarchs fall to 5-5 for the campaign.
The Spartans got off to a fast start as they scored 21 of the first 27 points of game to seize control early. Later in the half, the Monarchs proceeded to fashion a 21-4 run that turned a 30-16 deficit with 8:32 remaining into a 37-34 lead with 3:57 showing on the clock. Senior Levi Winters (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) canned a three to tie the game at 37 less than thirty second later. The teams would be tied again at 40 before a pair of free throws gave the hosts a two point lead. After a quick Kings shot with the shot clock off, sophomore Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) drilled a three just before the horn to give York a 43-42 lead at the intermission.
The Monarchs scored nine of the first 12 points of the second half to forge their biggest lead of the game at 51-46. York responded with an 11-3 spurt to give the Spartans a 57-54 advantage with 11:53 remaining in regulation. That lead would last until Kofi Dwebeng banged home a triple with 9:55 left, tying the game at 59. A John Soboleski field goal gave the Monarchs their last lead of the game at 61-59. Senior All-American Chad McGowan (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) tied the game at 61 and then gave the Spartans a lead they would not relinquish with a field goal with 8:38 remaining in the contest. The Spartan lead grew to as many seven on a Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) three with 3:19 left but the Monarchs trimmed the lead to one courtesy of an 8-2 run. Spartan senior Nate Lankford (York, Pa./West York) and McGowan each split a pair of free throws to provide York with a three point lead. The Monarchs’ Jamie Cousart had a good look at a three to tie the game with three seconds left but the shot went off the rim and into the hands of McGowan as the final horn sounded.
McGowan led the Spartans with 23 points and eight rebounds. He was 8-for-13 from the floor including 1-of-2 from three and 6-for-10 from the charity stripe. McGowan also handed out two assists while he committed just one turnover in 33 minutes of action. Winters added 13 points and four rebounds while Lankford was the third Spartan in double figures with 11 points. Lankford also had four rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals.
Soboleski led the Monarchs with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Soboleski was a very efficient 9-for-11 from the floor but struggled from the line as he was just 3-for-10. He added four assists, four blocked shots and one steal. Vince Scalzo added 19 points while Cousart was the third Monarch in double figures with 12 points.
The Spartans shot 50% from the floor for the game while they drained a season-high eight three point field goals as they shot 44.4% from distance. The green and white converted 14-of-21 from the free throw line while King’s misfired on 14 of their 28 attempts from the line for a paltry 50% accuracy mark. The hosts made just 5-of-16 from the line in the second half after going 9-for-12 in the first half. The Monarchs finished the game shooting 47.3% from the field and 31.8% from three.
The Spartans outrebounded the hosts 38-30 while both teams had 15 assists. York committed just 11 turnovers while Kings also took care of the ball to the tune of just nine miscues.
The Spartans return to action on Friday evening when they host Eastern University in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic presented by Best Western. The Spartans and Eagles are the fourth game of the day Friday and tips off at 8:00 pm.
Nate Lankford photo courtesy of Eric Linsley