YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball program received outstanding news on Tuesday as juniors Matt Scamuffo and Blayde Reich were both honored as All-Capital Athletic Conference team members by the league office.
Scamuffo makes his first appearance on the all-league teams as he was a first team honoree. Reich is also making his first all-conference appearance as he earned second team accolades. The Spartans finished the season with a record of 17-10 as they finished third in the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament.
This is the first time since 2011-12 that the Spartans have put two players on the all-conference teams. That year Paul Kouvaris was a first team pick while Julian Watson was a second-team honoree.
Scamuffo finished a great junior year averaging 16.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game for the Spartans. He shot 43.4% from the floor, 34.2% from three and 70.1% from the free throw line. He finished third in the league in scoring, second in three pointers made per game (2.5) and fourth in free throws made per game.
Scamuffo became the 23rd Spartan to record 1,000 career points as he reached the milestone in the CAC quarterfinal win over Wesley. He has played in 77 career games and drained 164 career three pointers including a career best 67 this winter. Scamuffo currently sits sixth for career three pointers, 20 back of former Spartan Johnny Baer who is fifth with 184 triples.
Scamuffo set a number of new career highs during the year. He drained 35 points in the February 4 game at Salisbury. He reached 30 plus points three times during the year (31 @ Mary Washington and 32 @ St. Mary's) while he reached double figures in 24 games including three games of scoring in the 20's.
Reich had a big junior year for the Spartans as he became York's primary post after the loss of first-team All-CAC pick Dalton Myers early in the year. Reich responded by averaging 13.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in 27 games for the Green and White. Reich shot 46.8% from the floor, 31.3% (10-for-32) from three, and 76.2% from the free throw line. He led the team in rebounding by over one rebound per game. Reich finished eighth in the league in scoring and 14th in the conference in rebounding.
Reich established new career highs in points as he tallied 28 in the CAC first round win over Wesley. He also blocked a career-high five shots in that win over the Wolverines. Reich had six games in the 20's including 28 and 21 points in the two CAC tournament games. Reich was in double figures in 21 of his 27 games and ended the season with a streak of nine straight double figures games to end the season.
Spartan head coach Matt Hunter was pleased to see his two Spartans recognized but believe the team's success was instrumental in gaining the post season awards.
"It's great to have two players recognized by the conference," says Hunter. "Their awards prove that the team had some success on the floor throughout the season. I do not believe that any award is an individual award. Matt & Blayde have been recognized in part because of their individual accomplishments but in large part because of the play and sacrifices of their teammates."
The Spartans are set to return Scamuffo and Reich in addition to eight of their top nine scorers next year while they will also get Myers back for the 2017-18 season. The Spartans' 17 wins this season are the most since York went 18-11 in 2011-12 when York captured the CAC championship.