Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:27 am
Duke boys handle GINW by 25 in league tourney

YORK - The Dukes out ran and outshot the Grand Island Northwest Vikings and won their league tourney opener at home, 73-48, Tuesday night.

The Dukes of Coach Scott Lamberty came in sporting a 13-1 record and the No. 4 ranking in Class B. The Vikings were 5-11 when the night began.

The win, which turned on York's 17-3 run in the second period, sets up a semifinal between No. 1 seed York and either fourth seeded Holdrege or Aurora, the tourney's fifth seed, at 6 p.m. Thursday in Seward.

The Dukes hit the afterburners on offense right out of the gate with three treys from Ty Danielson and one from Ryan Dolan on the way to a lead of 21-14 at the first horn.

Then came the second-period blitzkrieg in which the Dukes kept their offensive intensity, but added some nasty defense, too.

In the second quarter his Dukes "really turned it on," said Lamberty. "We did a good job of taking them out of what they wanted to do."

He said Danielson "shot the ball well early. "When he does that it frees up everybody. Once he gets going he knows they're (opposing defense) going to fly to him" which is when he looks to feed the ball to teammates. He did that numerous times Tuesday night when two or three of his bucket assist passes were head-shakers.

Danielson turned in all those assists and managed to score 26 himself on three 2-pointers, four threes and a flawless 8-8 at the line. Jon Fletcher came in at 11 points with Jonah Otte scoring 10.

York's other two 3-pointers were by Ryan Dolan and Fletcher.

The Vikings were paced by Garrett Koepp and Trevis Schliep with 14 each. Darrek McNelis added an even dozen.

York scored its 73 points on 19 2-pointers, the aforementioned six treys and 17-22 free throws. It was 12 twos, five 3-pointers and 9-16 at the stripe for the Vikings.

"We need to amp up our defense Thursday" against Holdrege or Aurora, said Lamberty. Those teams played last night in Holdrege. Both, said Lamberty, have solid bigs and good post games. Holdrege, he said, presses especially hard.

GINW (5-12) 14 3 21 10 - 48
York (14-1) (5-12) 21 17 17 18 - 73

Northwest (48) - Daws 0 1-2 1, McNelis 4 4-7 12, Ellsworth 1 0-0 2, Schliep 5 (1) 0-0 14, Schultis 0 2-2 2, Brown 1 (1) 0-0 3, Koepp 6 2-5 14. Totals - 17 (5) 9-16 48.

York (73) - Pettygrove 1 0-0 2, Thomas 4 0-0 8, Schulz 2 0-0 4, Hoffmann 0 1-2 1, Suddarth 3 0-2 6, Dolan 2 (1) 0-0 5, Neville 0 0-1 0, Fletcher 3 (1) 4-5 11, Otte 3 4-4 10, Danielson 7 (4) 8-8 26. Totals - 25 (6) 17-22 73.

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