GRAND ISLAND - Two trips to Grand Island over the past three days have proven to test the mettle of the York Duke boys' basketball team.
On Tuesday night York was looking to make the trip to GICC a little bit more enjoyable than their Saturday visit to GINW, but the 6-6 Crusaders were having nothing of it.
The Crusaders opened the lead to nine points at 46-37 late in the fourth quarter and the Dukes could not battle back as they dropped a tough one to the Crusaders by the final score of 54-47 in boys' non-conference action.
The Dukes fall to 6-4 with the loss and the Crusaders creep above the .500 mark at 7-6.
York led at the first stop 15-14, but after that the Crusaders and 6-4 Younhannah Ghaifan took over. The sophomore finished with 17 points, and he also hauled down 13 rebounds.
York trailed 30-25 at the break and at the end of three quarters it was GICC holding on to a 41-35 lead.
Through the first five minutes of the fourth quarter all the Dukes had to show for was a basket from Jared Miller, while the hosts were working to open a double digit lead behind baskets from Ghaifan and Brady Brokaw.
York was just 1-9 from the floor as the clock wound under three minutes.
Trailing 46-37, York got a putback bucket from Grant Suddarth to make it 46-39.
The Duke pressure forced GICC head coach Bill Gavers to call his second time out of the quarter with 2:03 to play.
A basket from Brokaw followed by a trey from York's Ryan Dolan made it 48-42 with 1:23 left in regulation.
A missed Crusader free throw and missed 3-point attempt by York worked the clock down to the final minute.
Two free throws by Brett Wiens pushed the lead back to 50-42 and York could not find enough points to make a comeback.
York got as close as 52-47 with under 20 seconds to play, as Dolan scored eight of his 12 points over the final eight minutes, including a pair of long treys.
In the first quarter, York's Ty Danielson was able to get to the line against the Crusader defense, but in the second half the junior never shot a free throw and his only basket was a trey in the third quarter. He finished with 14 to lead York while Miller added eight.
York was 17-47 from the floor and 5-18 from the 3-point arc. York added an 8-10 effort at the charity stripe, but only took three free throws in the second half.
GICC was led by Ghaifan's 17, Brett Wiens with 16 and Shoemaker added 10. The Crusaders were 19-38 for 50 percent and 4-12 from the 19-9 arc. In free throw shooting the hosts were 12-15 from the freebie line.
York (6-4) will travel to Crete on Friday night.
York (6-4)...............................15 10 10 12- 47
GICC (7-6)..................14 16 11 13 -54