YORK, PA - The York College men’s basketball team fell 74-65 to a tough Gettysburg squad in Tuesday’s home opener at York’s Charles Wolf Gymnasium. The Spartans drop to 1-2 on the young season while Gettysburg improves to 3-0.
York struggled early as the Bullets ran out to an 8-2 lead 4:23 into the game. Momentum looked like it was going to swing over to the Spartan side only a few minutes later when senior All-American Chad McGowan (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) threw down a thunderous jam to bring York within two. Both teams battled back and forth throughout the opening stanza but every time York would creep close, the Bullets would immediately increase their advantage.
With 4:27 left in the first frame Gettysburg’s Dan Capkin, who was a Spartan killer all night, nailed a jumper to put the Bullets up by 10 at 27-17. The green and white would make a run at the end of the half as senior Nate Lankford (York, Pa./West York) and sophomore Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) combined for eleven of York’s final 12 points in the period’s closing minutes. A clutch three-pointer from the sophomore brought the Spartans to within one at 30-29 with only 55 seconds left in the half. Much like the rest of the frame however, the Bullets jumped right back out with a pair of layups in the final 40 seconds to go into the halftime break up 34-29.
Throughout the second stanza, the green and white scrapped and clawed looking for their first lead of the game. It never came. York did bring the game close on several occasions during the second half. A jumper by McGowan with 14:52 left brought his squad to within two at 44-42, but that would be as close as the Spartans would come for the rest of the night.
Junior Mike Riley’s (Webster, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) steal and break-away lay-up with 7:20 left in the game cut the Bullet lead to four at 60-56 while a jumper from senior Levi Winters (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) brought the Spartans to within three with 6:41 remaining. Despite the numerous close scores, Gettysburg refused to relinquish the lead and milking the clock in an attempt to limit York’s possessions. York would attempt to extend the game by putting Gettysburg on the foul line but the strategy ultimately failed and the Bullets came away with the 74-65 victory.
McGowan led the way for the Spartans offensively scoring a tough 16 points in addition to pulling down 12 boards for his first double-double of the season. Gettysburg’s defense was all over the senior forward not allowing him any clean looks at the basket. Winters recorded 14 points and dished out a team-high four assists.
Junior guard Capkin lit up Charles Wolf Gymnasium with 24 points on 10-21 shooting including 4-9 from three-point range. Running-mate Corey Dorsey notched 21 points and shot a strong 8-11 from the charity stripe. Freshman center Andrew Powers tallied 12 points and grabbed eleven rebounds while playing all 40 minutes for the Bullets.
The Spartans return to the court on Wednesday, November 28 when defending Capital Athletic Conference champion Hood College invades York. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 pm.
(Photo Courtesy of Eric Linsley)