YORK, PA – Nick Brady’s
(Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) career-high 31 points
catapulted the York College men’s basketball team to a 77-62
victory over Hood College in Capital Athletic Conference action
Wednesday night. The home win pushes the Spartans’ season
mark to 6-13 including 4-6 in the league, while the Blazers fall to
5-13 and 2-7 in CAC play.
Brady’s career night came via an 11-for-18 shooting performance including 5-for-8 from three and a flawless 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. The junior also chipped in eight rebounds, with six caroms coming in the second frame, and three steals in his 34 minutes.
The first stanza proved to be a back-and-forth battle with both squads owning the lead at various points throughout the 20 minutes. Hood grabbed their largest advantage at seven with 7:44 to play in the first and then again at the 6:16 mark with the latter showing 27-20 on the scoreboard. The Spartans then went on a 12-6 run to close the half and headed into the locker room down only one at 33-32.
Despite six turnovers by the 8:30 mark of the first, the Spartans cleaned up their play for the rest of frame. York did not commit a miscue for the remaining first-half minutes, allowing the Green and White to go on that 12-6 spurt.
After the break, the Blazers’ Chris Leggett scored a lay-in to push the Hood advantage to 35-32. The Spartans then wrestled the lead away from their guests for good, courtesy of five consecutive points from senior forward Pat Kelley (Davidsonville, Md./South River). Kelley nailed a triple with 18:43 to play before converting a lay-up 34 seconds later to give York a 37-35 lead, their first since 16-13 at the 12:09 mark of the opening 20 minutes.
The Green and White would spend the next 5:17 expanding that two-point margin to as much as 15. Four different Spartans tallied during the 15-2 run as York went 6-for-6 from the free throw line over that span.
Hood then began chipping away at the 15-point bulge, cutting the Spartans’ advantage to six at 64-58 with 4:09 left in the game. J’Air Brady scored six of his team high 16 points over a 5:19 period to help bring his squad back to within striking distance.
York’s Brady then went on a mini-spurt of his own scoring seven straight points, including his fifth triple of the night, to push the Spartans’ lead to 13 at 71-58 with only 2:26 to play.
Julian Watson (Odenton, Md./Arundel) effectively iced the game for the Green and White with 1:06 to play. The freshman guard converted a pair of free throws to give the Spartans their largest lead of the game, a 17-point advantage, at 77-60.
York, who with the win remains in the hunt for next month’s the CAC playoffs, shot 41.3% from the field on 26-for-63 shooting including 6-for-10 from deep. The Spartans put on a clutch performance at the charity stripe, canning 19 of their 24 attempts, including 12-for-14 in the second frame. York also held the rebounding advantage, grabbing 45 caroms to Hood’s 36.
The Blazers shot 36.8% for the game courtesy of a 21-for-57 night. The visitors went cold from the floor in the second frame, going 9-for-29 for 31.0%. From the foul line, the Blazers converted at a rate of 61.5% going 16-for-26 on the evening.
For the Spartans, in addition to Brady’s grandiose performance, sophomore Andrew Pawlyk (Bernville, Pa./Tulpehocken) also put in a career night. The 6’6” forward registered his first career double-double as he tallied a career-high 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Pawlyk was 4-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-2 from the stripe, and chipped in a pair of assists over his 26 minutes. Watson went for ten points on the night, including a solid 6-for-7 from the line, while the guard grabbed six rebounds. Junior forward Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) contributed nine points and a team-high six assists.
For Hood, Brady was the lone scorer in double-figures as the Blazers spread out their 62 points among ten players. Garrett Williams and Chris Leggett each recorded nine for the visitors, while Jeff Willison tallied five points and team-high six rebounds.
The Spartans hit the road Saturday, traveling to sixth-place Stevenson in a CAC matchup that could have major playoff implications. York fell to the Mustangs 104-92 in a four-overtime thriller at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center back on December 6. Tip off from Stevenson, Md. is slated for 8:00 pm.
Andrew Pawlyk photo courtesy of Steve Doemland