Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:36 am
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Duke boys fall by nine on road at Waverly

WAVERLY- The Dukes led from the start of the game to the 3:51 mark of the third quarter, but couldn't close the deal.

In the first half the Vikings could not score a basket.

That problem plagued the Dukes in the fourth quarter as the Vikings came back from 13 down in the second quarter to post a 47-38 win in boys' non-conference action.

In the fourth quarter it was a nightmare for York, which went scoreless until the 1:24 mark. By then the Vikings were up by six. The Dukes shot 0-7 over the first 6:46 and turned the ball over three times leading to four Viking points.

Waverly's Brandon Janssen posted up inside and scored three points and the Vikings were able to erase the Dukes lead with free throws over the final quarter.

The Dukes cut the lead to four points twice with baskets from Evan Neville and Jared Miller, but that would be as close as they would get.

Waverly locked up the paint area tighter than Fort Knox, Thursday night, but the Dukes used the long ball to open the early lead over the Vikings.

The Dukes were on top 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and never relinquished that lead in the first half.

The Vikings were their own worst enemy in the first half as they hit just four of 22 shots from the floor, their first basket coming at the 7:17 mark of the second quarter on a basket by Janssen.

While the shots were not falling for the Vikings, the Dukes could not penetrate with any consistency in the paint, however 3-point baskets from Ryan Dolan and Evan Neville, and three from Ty Danielson had the Dukes primed for a blowout leading 21-8 midway through the second.

Waverly also missed opportunity after opportunity with second chances as the Vikes corralled 14 offensive rebounds and did not convert even one.

The Vikings chipped away at the Duke lead and behind a pair of 3-point shots from Erik Evans the Vikings pulled to within 25-20 at the end of the second quarter.

In the third quarter the Vikings chipped away at the lead and on two occasions trimmed the York advantage to just two points.

On the strength of baskets by Miller and Neville at the horn to end the third quarter the Dukes recaptured their five-point lead and went to the final eight minutes up 34-29.

York scoring was led by Danielson with 17 with seven each from Neville and Jonah Otte. York was just three of four from the charity stripe, while Waverly ended the game 20 for 31.

The leading scorer for the Vikings was Janssen with 15. Evans chipped in 14 and Sam Tewes was charted with eight.

York (0-2) will return to action Saturday night when they host the Lexington Minutemen.

York (0-2).................................11 14 9 4- 38

Waverly (2-1).........................4 16 9 18- 47

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