COLUMBUS — York was on fire in the first half, but in the second half it was a much different story.
York defeated the Lakeview Vikings 72-53 a week ago Thursday in the Central Conference semifinals, but Saturday the Viking defense stepped up in the second half and pulled off a 47-45 win over the Dukes in regular season conference action.
York jumped to an early lead of 19-10 in the first quarter and stretched the margin to double digits on a few occasions in the second quarter, before the Vikings trimmed it back to 30-23 at the break.
York was shooting the lights out as they hit 12-17 shots from the floor in the first half, including 2-5 from the arc and 3-6 at the charity stripe. Seven York turnovers allowed the Vikings to climb back within seven points at the break.
York junior Ty Danielson was leading the Duke charge as he scored nine of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter alone, when York was 8-9 from the floor.
Lakeview erased the York lead in the third quarter and its defense was able to cool down the Duke shooters. York was just 2-10 in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Vikings led 37-36 but the two teams traded the lead back and forth until Ethan Scheffler scored a basket following a steal to put the Vikings on top 45-42 with 1:00 to play.
York’s Danielson answered as the junior drilled a long 3-ball to tie the game at 45-45 with 40 seconds to play.
A foul by the Dukes put Jack Shadley to the line and the junior sank both tosses for a 47-45 lead with 34.9 seconds to play.
York was called for traveling on its next possession and with 5.7 seconds to play the Dukes put Shadley back at the line. This time the free throw was no good and Lamberty called a timeout to set up the final play. After Shadley’s second free throw also missed the ball went to Danielson who drew a blocking foul with 1.6 seconds left in regulation. This time the junior could not convert the front end of the one-and-one situation and Lakeview grabbed the rebound to secure the win.
“We just talked about if they make the second free throw we need a three and if they don’t make it we can get the ball to the basket because we had plenty of time with 5.7 seconds to play, you just have to get what you can get,” York coach Scott Lamberty stated. “We had an opportunity there and we just didn’t make it.”
York was 18-38 from the field in the game, just 6-21 in the second half. From the 3-point arc York finished 3-11 and hit 5-9 at the free throw line.
Other than Danielson’s game high 22, Ryan Dolan scored seven of his nine points in the second quarter. York’s Jonah Otte accounted for the Dukes’ first six points, but didn’t score the rest of the night.
“I thought we got good shots in the second half, we were just not able to make them,” said Lamberty. “We just didn’t execute well enough in the second half, that was the biggest thing. When you play a conference team twice they know our sets and they were able to recognize them and they just took things away from us.”
Lakeview was led in scoring by Scheffler with 21 and Nathan Thege with 11. The Vikings were 17-43 from the field, 1-9 from the 3-point arc and 12-19 at the free throw line.
York (13-5) will host the Seward Jays Friday night with the game being played at the York City Auditorium.
York (13-5) ................ 19 11 6 9—45
Lakeview (14-5) ................... 10 13 14 10—47
Y: J. Otte 3 0-0 6, T. Danielson 8 (3) 3-5 22, J. Miller 2 0-0 4, L. Thomas 1 0-2 2, R. Dolan 3 (1) 2-2 9, G. Suddarth 1 0-0 2. Totals- 18-38 5-9 45.
LV: I Purcell 3 1-5 7, J. Shadley 2 (1) 3-4 8, E. Scheffler 8 5-5 21, N. Thege 4 3-5 11. Totals- 17-43 12-19 47.