LINCOLN – York junior Ty Danielson put on a free throw shooting clinic Monday night in the semifinals of the Class B-4 District boys basketball tournament against Columbus at Lincoln Northeast High School.
The Dukes advanced to the district championship game with a 56-45 win over the Discovers, but it wasn’t as easy as the final score might indicate.
The Dukes, rated as the No. 10 team in Class B, had some turnover issues in the second half, as a matter of fact they committed 10 and that allowed Columbus to hang around.
After the Discoverers went on a 6-0 run to open the third, York answered right back with a 5-0 run as Danielson and Ryan Dolan combined for the five points.
But Columbus, despite their 6-20 record was not going to let York get away as they answered right back with another 6-0 run and the lead was at six points.
York’s Danielson added another 3-point bomb, his fifth of five on the night and the Dukes were up 40-27 as the fourth quarter started.
Columbus kept plugging away and cut the York lead to eight points twice in the fourth and even got as close as six at 44-38.
Danielson was 8-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter alone as he scored 12 of his game-high 35 points over the final eight minutes. He finished 16-16 at the charity stripe. “Ty (Danielson) is obviously our go-to guy,” Lamberty stated. “I have a feeling whoever we see tomorrow (tonight) they are going to have something different ready for him.”
“We kind of got caught up in a moment we really haven’t been in. Obviously we won the conference tournament, but that is still not a district moment,” said York head coach Scott Lamberty. “Columbus is pretty athletic and they got pretty good shooters and in the second half their shots started to fall. So they were able to take advantage as we got a bit timid defensively. I thought our kids kept their poise down the stretch.”
The turnovers which totaled 17 on the night, do pose a concern against either Crete or Seward. “We talked about the turnovers and we have to take care of the ball. Part of it was the moment and part of it was we just weren’t crisp in our cuts, but we do have to do better on Tuesday night.”
York was 21-31 from the foul stripe while the Discoverers were just 5-7 in the game. “We knew if got the ball to the basket, they didn’t really want to get in foul trouble, so they don’t necessarily block a lot of those shots. We did feel we could get to the foul line a lot tonight,” Lamberty explained.
Other than Danielson’s 35, Jonah Otte added eight points. York was 15-32 from the field and 5-10 from the 3 point line, Danielson was 5-7 and added 21-31 at the charity stripe.
Columbus was paced by 15 from Logan Menke and tossing in eight points each were Preston Oberg and Nathan Sliva. The Discoverers were 17-48 from the field, including 4-11 from beyond the 3 point arc and 5-7 at the charity stripe.
Columbus (6-20)...........................5 9 15 15 – 45
York (18-5)..............................9 15 13 16 – 56
CHS (45) – L. Menke 5 5-5 15, P. Oberg 3 (2) 0-0 8, N. Sliva 3 92) 0-0 8, N. Ek 2 (1) 0-0 5, N. Linder 1 0-2 2, S. Discoe 1 0-0 2, C. Timm 1 0-0 2, M. Ruiz 1(1) 0-0 3. Totals- 17-48 (6) 5-7 45.
YHS (56) – J. Otte 4 0-0 8, J. Miller 1 1-2 3, T. Danielson 7 (5) 16-16 35, G. Suddarth 1 1-2 3, C. Zumpfe 0 1-2 1, R. Dolan 1 2-7 4, L. Thomas 1 0-2 2. Totals – 15-32 (5) 21-31 56.