YORK — The York Dukes and the Seward Bluejays moved their annual rivalry to the York City Auditorium Friday night, and while it was a different venue, it was a another classic in the two teams’ storied rivalry.
In another showdown York and Seward battled to the wire before the Dukes prevailed by the final score of 38-35 in Central Conference action.
York and Seward went to the fourth quarter with the Dukes on top 34-29, but the lid was on the hoop for York over the final eight minutes as their lead slipped to 36-34 with 1:02 to play.
York was 0-8 from the field the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter and turned the ball over four times in that time frame. York’s only points were two free throws from Evan Neville.
With under a minute to play, York junior Ty Danielson was fouled, but missed the front end of the one and one.
Seward rebounded and got the ball across the halfcourt line and called time out with 35.4 seconds to play. A 15-foot jumper from Timothy Krause rolled off the rim and the rebound went to Jonah Otte who was fouled, but could not add to the Dukes’ lead as he missed his free throw.
At the other end Otte made up for the miss with a steal and this time Danielson hit his first free throw to make it 37-34 with 13.6 seconds left in regulation. After a timeout from York head coach Scott Lamberty, Danielson opened a two-possession lead at 38-34.
Seward went to the line with 0.7 seconds to play and Krause hit his first free throw prompting Jays head coach Mark Cidlik to call a timeout.
On the next free throw Krause tried to bounce the ball off the rim and give his team a chance at a game-tying 3-pointer, but the ball never left the paint and the time ran out.
York led 9-7 at the end of the first quarter and 23-21 at the break.
York went the final 9 ½ minutes without a field goal, all their points coming from the free throw line.
In the win for the Dukes, Danielson led the way with 18 and Otte added six. York was just 12-45 from the field and both teams finished the game 2-13 from the 3-point arc.
Seward hit 13-44 shots from the floor and ended the night 9-15 at the charity stripe.
York was 12-18 at the free throw line with Danielson hitting 4-7 tries.
Seward was led in scoring by Trey Barnes with 11, while both Jason Bosak and Krause finished with nine.
Seward was charted with nine turnovers and the Dukes had 14, eight in the second half.
Lamberty said following the win, Seward is not your typical 7-11 team. “Their record meant nothing,” said Lamberty. “We stopped watching film of them because we didn’t know how we were going to guard them, they just had so much to throw at us. At the end I was reminded about last year’s State Class D-2 Championship game when Giltner tipped the ball out to their shooter with 1.9 seconds following a missed free throw to send the game to overtime. I just told the guys to go after the ball, let them shoot a two pointer, just don’t let them get off a 3-pointer. It was only 0.7 seconds so there is not a lot of time.”
York (14-5) has a short turnaround time as they will be on the floor at Schuyler today for a 3:45 tipoff. When asked if this was a trap game for the Dukes, Lamberty said, “It very well could be. I know we are going to have to go deeper into our bench and use more players.”
Seward (7-11) ..................... 7 14 8 6—35
York (13-5) ......................... 9 14 11 4—38
S: S. Majerus 6,J. Bosak 9, T. Krause 9, T. Barnes 11.
Y: T. Danielson 18, J. Miller 5, J. Otte 6, G. Suddarth 3, E. Neville 4, L. Thomas 2.