CRETE – The York Duke boys basketball team ran into a young, but talented and determined, Crete Cardinal squad Friday night at Crete High School. Crete went toe-to-toe with York most of the night, but a 20 point 4th quarter propelled the Dukes to a 50 – 40 victory.
York, playing without leading scorer Brady Danielson, out with an ankle injury, counted on senior Reid Hoffman’s game high 20 points, and as a team, was 11 of 13 from the free throw line in the final period to knock off the upstart Cardinals, now 2-10 on the season.
Neither team led by more than 5 points in the game until York forged a six point lead with 1:20 to go, and then extended the lead in the final minute when Crete had to start fouling.
Crete led 26-25 at halftime, and after a very cold third quarter that saw only 8 combined points scored, York started to hit timely buckets and exploded for 20 fourth quarter points to put the game away.
In addition to Hoffman’s 20 points, Garrett Snodgrass added 11, Jeb Lucas scored 8, and Jake Erwin had 5. The Dukes are now 12-1 on the season.
In girls play, 7th rated Crete controlled the game from the start, and were never threatened, rolling to a 51-37 win over York.
The Cardinal girls jumped out to an 11-2 first quarter lead, extended the advantage to 26-10 at the half, and led by as many as 22 before York made a run and at one point closed the gap to 11, with Crete’s starters resting on the bench.
Crete’s star player, Morgan Maly, a 6 foot junior Creighton University basketball commit, was held in check early by York, with just 2 points in the first quarter and 8 points at halftime, but she added a dozen more in the second half to lead all scorers with 20. She was the only Crete player in double figures.
York, now 7-7, was led by Maddie Portwine’s 11 points.