CRESSON, PA – The York College men’s basketball team remained hot to start the season as the Spartans rolled to an 80-56 victory over Washington & Jefferson College in the opening round of the Mt. Aloysius Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Classic in Cresson, PA. The Spartans improve to 3-0 and advance to face the host Mounties in the championship game on Saturday.
The game was tied at six less than four minutes in but the Green and White fashioned a 10-0 spurt bookended by senior Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) three point field goals. The Presidents trimmed the York lead to three with a 9-2 run as the Spartans led 18-15 at the 10:07 mark. The York lead waffled between three and eight points over the next five minutes before the Spartans finally edged the advantage back into double figures heading to the half. York took a 38-27 lead to the intermission.
The Spartans wasted little time in growing their halftime lead. York pushed the lead to 15 just under five minutes into the half. The Presidents cut the lead to eight at 49-41 with a 7-1 spurt after the Spartans took the 15 point lead. However, the Spartans responded with a 13-1 run that pushed the lead to 20 at 62-42. York’s lead would grow to as many as 27 before the Spartans settled for the 23 point margin of victory.
Brady led a very balanced Spartan attack as the senior poured in a game-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting including 4-of-8 from distance. He added eight rebounds and a pair of assists in 31 minutes. Freshman Jeremy Skoloda (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) was the other Spartan in double figures with 10 points while he also had a pair of steals. Sophomore Paul Kouvaris (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) tallied nine points, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists while Matt Moley (York, Pa./West York) came off the bench to tally eight points and five rebounds in just seven minutes of play.
Brian Felker led the Presidents with 15 points while he also had six rebounds. Akram Hidmi chipped in with 10 points and five boards.
The Spartans shot 50% from the floor for the night while they held W&J to just 32.7% shooting from the field. The Spartans went 6-of-19 from three while the Presidents went a paltry 1-for-14 from distance. W&J went 19-for-25 (76%) from the free throw line while York was 12-for-17 (70.6%) including 7-for-8 in the second half.
York held a 36-25 edge on the glass while they forced 16 President turnovers.
York will participate in their second
consecutive tournament championship game on Saturday at 3:00 pm
when they face host Mt. Aloysius. The Mounties were 101-79 winners
over Penn State-Mont Alto in Friday’s other semifinal.
Nick Brady photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)