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Short Handed Spartans Down Salisbury on Senior Day

YORK, PA - York College Spartans Men's Basketball team came from behind to beat visiting Salisbury University 79-70 in overtime at the Charles Wolf Gymnasium Saturday afternoon in the season finale for both squads. The Spartans improve to 17-8 with the victory and 11-5 in the CAC. The Sea Gulls fall to 11-14 and 6-10 in the league with the setback. Prior to the game, seniors Dylan Hoffman, Matt Moley, and Kevin Whaley were honored for their contributions to the Spartan program.

Whaley led all scorers as he tallied 20 points for the Spartans who were missing three starters and head coach Jeff Gamber due to a violent stomach flu that has ravaged the squad in the last few days. Sophomore Todd Maciejewski added 19 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double for the Spartans.

Maciejewski made the most of his first collegiate start as he sparked a 13-0 run in the first half with a layup at the 6:16 mark. That run turned a 22-21 deficit into a 34-22 lead for York. The short-handed Spartans took a 36-27 lead to the intermission.

The Spartan lead grew to 12 on a Mitch Kemp triple with 12:31 left in regulation but the Sea Gulls, winners of four of their last five, were undeterred.

Salisbury hit York with a sustained 19-2 run that turned a 12-point deficit into a 57-52 lead with 3:43 remaining. The Spartans got to within one on a pair of Maciejewski lay ups with 2:34 remaining. After Mike Maczko hit a lay up for Salisbury, Maciejewski hit another bucket, giving York more life. Salisbury's David Pearman hit a long jumper to push the Salisbury lead to three but Whaley, who was doubtful heading into the game after being sick on Friday, came up huge with a jumper in the paint to cut the Spartan deficit to one. After Salisbury's Eric Johnson missed a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left, Whaley again played the hero as he nailed a jumper to give York a one-point lead. The Spartans fouled Sea Gull big man Chris McGrew with 4.9 seconds left and the senior missed the first and hit the second, tying the game at 62. Whaley's attempt to win the game from 30 feet was just tantalizingly long as the teams headed to the extra session.

In the overtime Whaley took over right away hitting two triples in the first three possessions for York. His three pointer just 12 seconds into the extra session gave the Spartans the lead and they never looked back. The Green and White outscored Salisbury the 17-8 in the extra five minutes giving the team a big win on senior day.

Maciejewski's effort established a career-high in both points and rebounds, as he was 9-for-10 from the floor in the game. Whaley added six rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and one steal in his 37 minutes despite being weakened by his bout with the flu. Kemp came off the bench and was huge with a career-high 15 points including four three-point field goals. Sophomore Mo Oursler was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 10 points.

McGrew led all scorers with 21 points and seven rebounds. Maczko notched a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

York hopes to carry this momentum heading into the Capital Athletic Conference tournament starting on Tuesday night as Salisbury makes a return trip to Wolf Gymnasium. Tip time is scheduled for 8:00 pm as part of a CAC Tournament doubleheader with the Spartan women.  

Contributions to the story by David Datz, York College Athletic Communications Practicum Student

Kevin Whaley photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)

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