HASTINGS – Not even the Christmas lights on Burlington Avenue outside Hastings High School could shine brighter than the York shooters Saturday night.
That was true in the third quarter especially, when the Dukes could do no wrong and the Hastings Tigers had no answers.
York turned a five-point halftime lead into a 15-point cushion through three quarters and went on to post a key 60-52 win over then-once beaten Hastings in boys non conference hoops.
After the Tigers cut the Duke lead to 27-25 in the first 13 seconds of the third quarter on a basket from Matt Karloff, York answered nearly every trip down the floor, canning 10-11 field goals overall in the quarter. From 3-point range the Dukes sizzled at 86 percent hitting 6-7 shots from beyond the 19-9 mark.
York's Leighton Thomas drilled two 3-point shots from just beyond the top of the key, Ryan Dolan nailed two more and leading scorer in the game, Ty Danielson, chipped in with two of the three treys he hit in the win. Danielson ended the night with 25 points, while Dolan joined him in double numbers with 12.
“We really got off to a slow start tonight and fell behind quickly,” commented Lamberty. “It was not really great offense we just made a lot of great plays tonight. When you can shoot the way we did in the third quarter, it 's going to be tough for any team.”
While the Dukes sailed through the third quarter like a hot knife through butter, the first four minutes of the game could have been just the opposite.
York was blitzed by the Tigers in a 9-2 run, prompting an early timeout from Lamberty to straighten things out.
York trailed 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, but a 7-1 scoring spree gave the Dukes a lead they would never relinquish.
Hastings tried to climb from the 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter and behind the 17 point effort of Matt Karloff and two free throws from Will Reimer cut the York lead to just 56-49 with 3:09 to play.
With 1:57 left in regulation, a free throw from Karloff made it 56-50, but Danielson hit 3-4 charity tosses to ice the win for the Dukes.
York was 11-13 from the free throw line which kept the Tigers from making up the 15 point deficit. The Tigers hit 8-11 from the 15 foot freebie stripe.
“It's a huge win for us. Both from a confidence building point of view and in the power points,” said Lamberty. “Defensively we played pretty well tonight.”
The Dukes (3-2) will host the Fillmore Central Panthers Tuesday night, with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m.
York (3-2) ................ 11 16 26 7—60
Hastings (3-2) ................. 14 8 16 14—52
Y: J. Miller 4 0-0 8, L. Thomas 2 (2) 1-2 7, J. Otte 2 2-2 6, T. Danielson 7 (3) 8-9 25, R. Dolan 5 (2) 0-0 12, A. Taylor 1 0-0 2. Totals0 21 (7) 11-13 – 60
H: M. Karloff 7 3-5 17, D. Hoffman 2 0-0 4, W. Reimer 4 (1) 3-3 12, T. Ripperger 5 (2) 2-3 14, S. Johnson 2 (1) 0-0 5. Totals- 20 (4) 8-11 52.