Cold Shooting Dooms Spartans in First Loss of Campaign

Jason Bady photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Jason Bady photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

GALLOWAY, N.J. – York College men's basketball team suffered their first loss of the year as they fell to Stockton University 72-67 in the opening round of the Stockton Tip Off Tournament on Saturday evening in Galloway, New Jersey. Cold shooting teamed with turnovers proved to be the formula to hand the Green and White their first setback of the year.


Game #4 – Stockton Tip Off Tournament

Final Score: Stockton 72 – York 67

Records: York 3-1, Stockton 1-0

Field Goals: York 19-for-57, Stockton 20-for-62

Field Goal %: York 33.3%, Stockton 32.3%

Three Point FG: York 9-for-39, Stockton 7-for-24

Three Point FG %: York 23.1%, Stockton 29.2%

Free Throws: York 20-for-26, Stockton 25-for-36

Free Throw %: York 76.9%, Stockton 69.4%

Rebounds: York 41, Stockton 48

Assists: York 15, Stockton 10

Turnovers: York 19, Stockton 14

Blocked Shots: York 3, Stockton 1

Steals: York 9, Stockton 8


How It Happened

• The opening five minutes of the game went back and forth between the two teams. Stockton, playing their first game of the 2018-19 season, jumped out early but York tied the game at 11 at the 13:26 mark of the half on a Colin Rimel three pointer. The Osprey went on a 10-5 run to push out to a 21-16 lead. York again battled back as they scored nine of the next 13 points, tying the game at 25. The two squads continued to trade buckets as the first half featured five ties and 10 lead changes before Keenan Williams hit a lay-up with 10 seconds left in the half to give the Osprey the 37-35 halftime lead.

• The start of the second half featured far more fouls than points as York was held scoreless in the first four and a half minutes of the half. The opening 4:35 of the second half featured a combined 11 fouls and just two points. Junior Joey Polczynski broke the Spartan scoring drought with a free throw and Rimel followed with a good jumper on the next possession. York tied the game for the sixth time on a Zach Novick three pointer only to have the Osprey answer with a three of their own. Darin Gordon tied the game for a seventh time with a triple of his own with 12:54 left in regulation.

• The game would continue in a back-and-forth manner as there were six more ties over the next 11 minutes of play. The final tie came with 1:40 left. After Jared Wagner hit a clutch three from the corner to put York up 65-64, Tariq Baker tied the game for the 13th and final time with a free throw. The Spartans had a good look on the ensuing possession as Jason Bady missed a three with 1:28 left in the game. Williams was fouled on the rebound and sank both free throws, giving the Osprey a two-point lead. The Green and White had another three pointer miss the mark with 1:04 left. Another foul gave the Osprey two chances at the line as Steve Ferbee split the pair to put Stockton up three with 40 seconds left.

• York continued to go cold at the wrong time as a third straight three-point attempt missed the mark. The miss was rebounded by the Osprey and was followed by a Spartan foul. This time, Kyion Flanders sank both attempts to put Stockton up five with 21 seconds left. Wagner converted a quick lay-up to trim the Stockton lead to three. York forced a Stockton turnover on the inbounds but another three missed the mark as York couldn't take advantage of their defensive pressure. The Osprey got a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to provide the final five point margin.


Spartan Leaders

Jason Bady: 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Darin Gordon: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals

Jared Wagner: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals

Zach Novick: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Colin Rimel: 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist


Osprey Leaders

Jordan Taylor: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals

Steve Ferebee: 12 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal

Tariq Baker: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist


Game Notes:

The Spartans dropped their second straight against the Osprey as Stockton now holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series … the previous two games were played in York … it's the first time since December 29, 2015 at the Louis Fleming Basinger Memorial tournament hosted by Lycoming that the Spartans won't be playing for an in-season tournament championship … York has played in the championship game of their last four tournaments as they are 2-2 … the Spartans shot a season-worst 33.3% from the floor and 23.1% from three … The Spartans' 19 field goals were their lowest total while the nine three-point field goals were their second-lowest of the year (8 vs. Johns Hopkins) … York nailed a season-high 20 free throws in 26 attempts as both marks were season-highs for the Spartans … York has been outrebounded in three of their four games for the year and Saturday's seven-rebound margin was their largest deficit of the year … senior Jason Bady recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds … the 10 rebounds were a season-high for Bady.


Up Next:

The Spartans will play in the tournament consolation game on Sunday at 1:00 pm against Neumann who dropped a 73-62 decision to Farmingdale State in Saturday's other semifinal game.  

Audio Highlights Courtesy of Darrell Henry - The Voice of the Spartans