COLUMBUS – The York Dukes went to the halftime break with all the momentum and a chance in the third quarter to put the game away Saturday night.
But the Columbus Lakeview Vikings would not permit the Dukes to ice it until late in the fourth quarter. Lakeview hung around with just enough offense to keep things interesting until York stretched its lead to post the 54-42 win in boys non-conference hoops.
The Dukes saw their record climb above the .500 mark which head coach Scott Lamberty indicated was important for this team.
“When we got to the middle of the season and things were not going too well for us, we were not very consistent, and really struggling to find an identity,” Lamberty said. “To get a game above the .500 mark especially for a young team like we are … it’s huge in building the team’s confidence.”
York and Lakeview pretty much exchanged baskets in the first quarter with the Dukes holding a slight 15-14 lead.
In the second quarter, York’s John Erwin scored 11 of his 13 points and junior JJ Schulz was a rebounding machine as the Vikings went 1-of-9 from the field and the Dukes countered with a 6-of-11 shooting performance to push their lead to 31-17 at the break.
Erwin’s 13 points came on two 3-pointers, two conventional baskets and one free throw. Schulz, along with his double digit rebounding effort, scored a game high 16 points, eight coming in the fourth quarter when the Dukes had to fight off several Viking scoring runs.
York dominated the action at the charity stripe, going 11-of-15 in the fourth quarter and 14-of-23 in the game.
Lakeview fought back to cut the York lead to 44-39 with three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings could not defense the Dukes’ free throw shooting display.
“We kind of confused them with our 1-3-1 trap and we hit some big 3-point goals in the second quarter,” Lamberty stated. “We didn’t get the turnovers with the trap in the second half and we missed enough shots and they hit some big shots that kept them in the game.”
York was charted with 17-of-38 from the field and a strong 6-of-15 from 3-point range.
Lakeview hit 18-of-48 from the field, 4-of-14 from 3-point distance and went just 3-of-6 at the foul stripe.
The Vikings were led in scoring by Quinn Matteson with nine, while Trent Roth, Ethan Lichtenfeld and Kyle Grotelueschen all finished with seven.
York also got double numbers in the scoring column from Drew Hoffmann with 10 points, including three 3-point goals.
The Dukes and the Vikings each had 29 rebounds. York was charted with seven turnovers to 10 for the hosts.
York (10-9) will entertain the Sutton Mustangs tonight with tipoff for the boys scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
"We will need to be disciplined and very patient against Sutton," Lamberty added.
York (10-9)......................15 16 10 13- 54
Lakeview (5-14)...............14 3 13 12- 42
YHS (54)- E. Ronne 1 (1) 0-0 3, JJ Schulz 5 6-8 16, D. Hoffmann 3 (3) 2-5 10, G. Suddarth 1 0-0 2, J. Erwin 4 (2) 3-3 13, N. Pettygrove 1 1-4 3, J. Otte 1 2-2 4, C. Zumpfe 1 0-1 1. Totals- 17-38 (6-15) 14-23 54.
CLV (42)- K. Lusche 2 0-0 4, T. Roth 3 1-3 7, Q. Matteson 4 1-1 9, C. Wurdeman 3 0-0 6, E. Lichtenfeld 2 (2) 1-2 7, K. Grotelueschen 3 (1) 0-0 7, D. Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals- 18-48 (4-14) 3-6 42.