YORK, PA – The York College took the wraps off their 2013-14 season with an impressive 81-61 win over Gallaudet University in the opening round of the 14th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday night in York.
The Spartans advance to face the New Jersey City Gothic Knights, 62-51 winners over Stevens, in the tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon.
The Green and White unleashed their up-tempo attack to rave reviews. York quickly sprinted out to a 7-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game. The Bison kept it close as York led 11-10 at the 14:49 mark of the first half.
The Spartans then took off with a 15-1 spurt fueled by tight defense, quick hitting layups and overall outstanding play. The run was kick started by senior B.J. Enck (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) as he drilled a wide-open three from the left wing. Four straight lay ups and a jumper later, the Spartan lead had grown to 26-11.
After the Bison stopped the run with a Trey Gordon triple, the Spartans went on another sustained run, this time a 15-3 burst as the Green and White put the game away before halftime. York carried a 47-24 lead to the break.
Any hope of a Bison comeback was put on ice with an 11-1 Spartan run to start the second half. The run was capped by a fast break dunk from freshman Dalton Myers (Finksburg, Md./Westminster). The Spartans would push the lead to as many as 33 before settling for the 20 point win.
Myers made his Spartan debut a memorable one as the forward tallied 18 points with six rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and a steal in 23 minutes of action. Myers went 9-for-13 from the floor including a trio of jams. Seniors Mike Mathews (Newark, Del./Salesianum) and Matt McNeely (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) both played well for York as they each recorded 15 points. McNeely recorded the double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. He also had a career-high four assists in the victory. Mathews notched 15 points and six rebounds in his 22 minutes of work.
Ten of the 11 Spartans who dressed for the game scored.
The Bison played with a short bench in the loss as they dressed just seven players for the game. Gordon led the Bison with 16 points as he drained five three pointers in the loss. Joshua McGriff tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 turnovers while he also had five blocked shots.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 54.5% from the floor including blistering 7-for-11 (63.6%) from three. The Bison shot just 37.7% from the field but did manage to knock down nine threes in the contest. Neither team shot the ball well from the free throw line, as the Spartans were 2-for-6 while Gallaudet was 6-for-13.
The young Spartan did a fantastic job of taking care of the ball as they committed just 12 turnovers while they passed out 23 assists on 36 field goals.
The Green and White had a 52-28 margin in points in the paint while they also outscored Gallaudet 18-6 in fast break points.
New Jersey City earned their trip to the championship game with the 11-point win over Stevens. The Gothic Knights were led by Walik Albright as he recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Eddie Brown chipped in with 10 points while Jourdan Roberson had nine points, seven assists, eight steals, and three rebounds.
Stevens and Gallaudet square off in Sunday's consolation game at 1:00 pm. The championship game follows at 3:00 pm.
Dalton Myers photo courtesy of Zach Rogers