Spartan Men Capture Hilton Scranton Invitational Title Saturday

Photo courtesy of Scranton Athletic Communications
Photo courtesy of Scranton Athletic Communications

SCRANTON, PA – The York College men's basketball team captured the championship of the Hilton Scranton Invitational on Saturday as they downed the host Royals 84-70 in the tournament championship game. Senior forward Blayde Reich was named the tournament MVP while fellow senior Dalton Myers earned all-tournament team honors.  


Game #2 – Hilton Scranton Invitational Championship Game – Scranton, Pa.

Records: York 2-0, Scranton 1-1

Score: York 84, Scranton 70

Field Goals: York 32-for-61, Scranton 24-for-57

Field Goal %: York 52.5%, Scranton 42.1%

Three Point Field Goals: York 11-for-22, Scranton 8-for-28

Three Point FG %: York 50%, Scranton 28.6%

Free Throws: York 9-for-11, Scranton 14-for-23

Free Throw %: York 81.8%, Scranton 60.9%

Rebounds: York 39, Scranton 27

Assists: York 19, Scranton 18

Turnovers: York 14, Scranton 9

Blocked Shots: York 4, Scranton 5

Steals: York 7, Scranton 7


How It Happened:

• The Spartans got off to another strong start over the opening ten minutes of the game. York led 12-4 4:50 into the game thanks to Blayde Reich's nine points. The Royals trimmed the Spartan lead to 17-11 on a Kyle DeVerna lay up with 13:07 left in the half. York responded with a 20-4 run to take a 37-15 lead with 8:38 left in the half.

• The Royals trimmed the York lead to seven at 45-38 on a DeVerna three pointer but York scored five straight points to take a 50-38 lead. DeVerna canned a three pointer with four seconds left in the half as York took a nine-point lead to the break.

Jared Wagner opened the second half with back-to-back lay ups to push the York lead to 13 to start the half. York kept the lead between nine and 15 points over the next six minutes. York's lead stood at 15 after a Reich three-point play with 13:49 left in the game. The Royals hit York with a 10-0 run, cutting the York lead to five. Jason Bady cashed out a three pointer to push the lead back to eight but Scranton scored four straight, trimming York's lead to four with 9:21 left in the half. The Spartans cranked up the defense over the next four minutes, holding Scranton off the board while the Green and White scored eight points to push the lead back to 12 with 4:24 left in the game.

• Scoring would be at a premium over the final four minutes. York made the plays on the defensive end as they held the Royals to four points over the final 3:27 of the game.


Spartan Leaders

Blayde Reich: 28 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 1 steal, 11-for-17 FG, 1-for-1 3PT FG, 5-for-6 FT

Dalton Myers: 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 7-for-13 FG, 4-for-7 3PT FG, 2-for-3 FT

Jared Wagner: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 8-for-14 FG, 1-for-2 3PT FG

Matt Scamuffo: 8 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 blocked shot


Scranton Leaders

Kyle DeVerna: 21 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals, 4-for-9 FG, 2-for-5 3PT FG, 11-for-12 FT

Jack Connelly: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 6-for-11 FG, 4-for-7 3PT FG

Drew Schankweiler: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blocked shot

Ethan Danzig: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 1 assist


Game Notes:

The Spartans earned their first in-season tournament championship since the 2015 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in York when York defeated Wilson (72-61) and McDaniel (58-52) … Blayde Reich earned the tournament MVP honors after tying his career high with 28 points … Reich previously tallied 28 points in the CAC Tournament first round win over Wesley on February 21 … Reich eclipsed the 700 point plateau with his 23rd point of the game … the 20-point effort is the eighth of his career … senior Dalton Myers recorded his second career double-double as he tied his career-high with 10 board (also vs. Old Westbury on Dec. 29, 2015) … sophomore Jared Wagner finished the game with 17 points, two points short of his career high set last year against Christopher Newport … York shot 50% from three for the first time since November 30, 2016 when they went 9-for-17 (52.9%) against Penn State Harrisburg … York has made 11 three pointers in each of their two games … York has outrebounded their two opponents by 12 caroms in each game … York has totaled 45 assists on 69 field goals for the year ... Scranton is ranked 24th in the poll and was picked to win the Landmark Conference as selected by the Landmark coaches.


Up Next:

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday, November 21 when they travel to Mt. St. Mary's to face the Mount in an exhibition contest. Tip time from Emmittsburg, Maryland is set for 7:00 pm.    

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