YORK — It’s no secret, weird things seem to happen at the York City Auditorium, especially during the week of the Crossroads Conference Basketball Tournament.
On Saturday all things ended up with the top seeds advancing to the next round, but the Cross County Cougars made a serious bid to turn the boys’ brackets upside down.
The Cougars, who suffered a 69-23 loss to the Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves at the Dorchester Holiday Tournament in late December, pushed the No. 6 seed to the limit, before the T-Wolves survived with a 63-51 win.
Hampton, which dropped a 50-48 contest to the Meridian Mustangs on Friday night, rebounded with a strong effort and a 57-35 win, while the Dorchester Longhorns, losers on Friday night in overtime to the same team they faced on Saturday, held off the Shelby Rising City Huskies 53-40.
Exeter-Milligan 63, Cross County 51
In the third quarter the Cross Cougars held a 40-34 lead and most of the people on the Timberwolf side of the gym did not believe what they were seeing.
Cross County, a young team with a few grizzled court veterans sprinkled in the lineup, was more than holding its own.
Exeter-Milligan led 12-9 at the end of the first quarter, but saw its lead wilt away as the two teams were tied 26-26 at the end of the first half.
Cross County then went on a 14-10 scoring advantage in the third quarter and led 40-36 heading to the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter the Cougar bubble burst as the Exeter-Milligan boys started to hit on all cylinders and out-scored the CC, 27-11.
The Cougars, who had just 13 turnovers through three quarters, threw the ball away seven times in the fourth, and Exeter-Milligan took advantage hitting 7-11 from the field and putting the game away at the charity stripe over the final eight minutes with a 13-18 effort.
“They (Cross County) really played well tonight and we didn’t,” said Exeter-Milligan head coach Dean Filipi. “We played well in the fourth quarter, but we can’t have that kind of effort and expect to win.”
Exeter-Milligan was led in scoring by Nolan White with 22, James Sluka scored 10 of his 14 in the fourth and Derek Luzum also hit double numbers with 12. The T-Wolves were 20-44 from the field, 1-2 from the arc and 22-32 at the charity stripe.
Cross County was 18-40, 5-11 from the 3-point circle and 10-16 at the charity stripe. Cougar scoring was led by Ross Eller with 14, Travis Eller tossed in 11, Turner Bowman and Caleb Riley hit for nine each.
Cross County (1-14) .............. 9 17 14 11—51
Exeter-Milligan (11-4) ............... 12 14 10 27—63
CC: T. Bowman 9, T. Eller 11, R. Eller 14, C. Riley 9, C. Tweeten 8.
E-M: N. White 22, J. Sluka 14, K. Jensen 9, D. Luzum 12, G. Pribyl 6.
Hampton 57, Meridian 35
Hampton wiped out the memories of the 50-48 loss the night before to the Meridian Mustangs as they raced to a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and 33-19 at the break.
The Hawks hit 54 percent of their shots from the floor (21-39) and were 4-11 from behind the arc.
The Mustangs could not slow down 5-11 senior Cole Arnett who scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the first half. The Hawks also got 16 points from Tristan Boyce and 10 from Jared Dose to even their record at 8-8.
In the second half the Mustangs never got any closer than 10 points and Hampton went on to out-score the Meridian’s boys 24-16 over the final two eight-minute periods.
Meridian was 12-42 from the floor and a very respectable 5-13 from 3-point range. At the charity stripe the Mustangs were just 6-16, while the Hawks limped in at 11-20.
Meridian was led in scoring by Kyle Schwisow with nine and Jake VanWesten and Tyler Nolte with eight each.
Meridian (3-14) ............. 11 8 7 9—35
Hampton (8-8) .............. 17 16 13 11—57
MHS: T. Nolte 5, K. Schwisow 9, T. Brakhage 5, C. Nolte 8, J. VanWesten 8.
HHS: C. Arnett 28, T. Boyce 16, J. Dose 10, J. Spanjer 2, N. Boyce 1.
Dorchester 53, Shelby-Rising City 40
The Dorchester Longhorns evened the score with the Shelby-Rising City Huskies in the final game on Saturday night with the 13-point win.
On Friday at Shelby, the Huskies took a 52-48 overtime win, but on Saturday, Riley Zahourek got the Longhorns off to a quick start as he scored eight of his team-high 18 points in the first quarter, sparking Dorchester to a 15-8 lead through eight minutes.
The Longhorns extended their lead to 26-15 at the break and the Huskies could never get any closer than six points in the second half.
S-RC was 15-51 from the field, 2-6 from 3-point range and hurt its chances at a comeback with an 8-18 effort at the 15 foot freebie stripe.
The team was led by game-high scorer Nick Schindel with 21. Derek Samek chipped in with 6 and Ryan Perry added four.
The Longhorns were 17-47 from the field and that included the 4-11 from 3-point land. At the charity stripe the Dorchester crew was 15-19.
Other than Zahourek’s 18, Kolton Kaspar was charted with 11 and both Kevin Donohoe and Ricky Palky had eight.
Shelby-RC (3-13) .............. 8 7 12 13—40
Dorchester (6-8) ............... 15 11 13 14—53
S-RC: N. Schindel 21, T. Williams 3, D. Samek 6, N. Luchsinger 2, J. Garcia 2, C. Rathman 1, R. Perry 4, T Steager 1.
DHS: R. Zahourek 18, K. Donohoe 8, D. Pohl 3, K. Kaspar 11, R. Palky 8, E Bird 3, N. Roelen 2.