Spartan Offense Explodes in Season Opener as York Downs Pitt-Bradford

Matt Scamuffo photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Matt Scamuffo photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

SCRANTON, PA – The York College men's basketball team opened their 2017-18 campaign in impressive fashion as the Spartans rolled past Pitt-Bradford 101-89 in the opening round of the Hilton Scranton Invitational in Scranton, PA on Friday night. The Spartans sprinted out to a 60-35 halftime lead and never looked back as they pushed out to a 34 point second half lead.


Game #1 – Hilton Scranton Invitational Semifinal – Scranton, Pa.

Records: York 1-0, Pitt-Bradford 0-1

Score: York 101, Pitt-Bradford 89

Field Goals: York 37-for-82, Pitt-Bradford 32-for-69

Field Goal %: York 45.1%, Pitt-Bradford 46.4%

Three Point Field Goals: York 11-for-37, Pitt-Bradford 8-for-20

Three Point FG %: York 29.7%, Pitt-Bradford 40.0%

Free Throws: York 16-for-21, Pitt-Bradford 17-for-23

Free Throw %: York 76.2%, Pitt-Bradford 73.9%

Rebounds: York 49, Pitt-Bradford 37

Assists: York 26, Pitt-Bradford 12

Turnovers: York 19, Pitt-Bradford 21

Blocked Shots: York 5, Pitt-Bradford 5

Steals: York 11, Pitt-Bradford 14


How It Happened:

• The Spartans could not have gotten off to a more blistering start to the campaign as they blitzed the Panthers with a 13-2 run to start the game. The run was keyed by senior guard Matt Scamuffo as he drained three triples to go along with a pair of free throws for 11 of the first 13 points of the year.

• The Spartan lead grew to 19-4 on a Blayde Reich three-point play with 16:39 left in the first half. The Panthers trimmed the led to seven on a Reginald Rogers' three pointer, capping a 8-0 Bradford run. Bradford continued to cut into the lead as the Spartans held a 22-17 lead with 13:04 left. York slowly started to pull away with a 15-6 spurt, growing the lead to 37-23 with 8:08 left in the half. York continued to grow the lead as they outscored Bradford 23-10 over the final 7:30 of the half to forge the 60-35 halftime lead.

• York forced 15 first half turnovers which they turned in 26 points. York also had 17 assists on 21 field goals in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Green and White also converted 7-of-21 from beyond the arc led by Scamuffo's 4-for-8 from distance.

• The scoring paced slowed significantly in the opening minutes of the second half. The Panthers outscored York 21-20 in the opening ten minutes of the half as the Green and White got significant early season playing time for their entire squad.

• The Spartans led by a game-high 34 points at 74-40 on a Dontae Johnson lay up with 16:26 left in the second half.

• York led 101-81 on a Noah Ehlin lay up with 1:37 left but the Panthers ended the game on an 8-0 run to make the score look far closer than it actually was.  


Spartan Leaders

Matt Scamuffo: 24 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 6-for-11 from three, 8-for-13 FG, 2-for-3 FT

Dalton Myers: 15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 6-for-10 FG, 1-for-2 from three, 2-for-2 FT

Darin Gordon: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 4-for-8 FG, 3-for-5 from three, 1-for-2 FT

Blayde Reich: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 4-for-7 FG, 2-for-2 FT

Jared Wagner: 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals

Dontae Johnson: 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots, 2 steals


Pitt-Bradford Leaders

Jeffrey Fry: 20 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal, 7-for-12 FG, 6-for-10 from three

Reginald Rogers: 18 points, 5 assists, two steals, 7-for-14 FG, 2-for-3 from three, 2-for-2 FT

Dylan Niedermeyer: 17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 6-for-13 FG, 5-for-7 FT

Sahil Harris: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals

Desmond Brogsdale: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 3 steals, 5-for-12 FG, 6-for-7 FG


Game Notes:

The Spartans have won three straight openers and are now 4-2 in season lid-lifters under head coach Matt Hunter … all three of the wins have come on the road … York is 3-1 on the road in openers under Hunter … The 101 points marks the third time under Hunter that the Spartans have eclipsed the century mark … the previous two times came last season (vs. Southern Virginia on January 7 and vs. Wesley in the CAC tournament on February 21) … senior Matt Scamuffo scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half … Scamuffo now has 170 three point field goals, as he is sixth on the all-time list, 14 back of fifth place shooter Johnny Baer … Scamuffo is now 19 points away from climbing into the top 20 in all-time scoring … sophomore Jared Wagner continues to excel at passing and at stealing … last year, Wagner led the Capital Athletic Conference in assists and in steals and on Friday, he had a game-high six assists and a game-high five steals … no Spartan played more than Scamuffo's 20 minutes … none of the Spartans starters played more than four minutes in the second half … a number of Spartans made their York debuts successful ones as Dontae Johnson, Noah Ehlin, Nolan Smith, and Chris Tracy all played in the victory … Johnson was dynamic with nine points ,three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 17 minutes … Ehlin added seven points, three rebound and three assists in his 15 minutes of play … Smith added three points while Tracy did not score in the win … sophomore Darin Gordon came off the bench and gave the Green and White 12 points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in just 13 minutes of action.


Up Next:

The Spartans return to action on Saturday at 4:00 pm as they will face the winner of the Scranton / PSU Berks semifinal in the tournament championship game.   

Audio Highlights courtesy of Darrell Henry - the Voice of the Spartans