YORK – It appeared a few minutes into Tuesday night’s matchup between the Norris Titans and the York Dukes, rated No. 4 in Class B, that the latter was the superior team by far.
That assessment was not based on record, but on their 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
Before the first eight minutes elapsed, the Titans erased that lead and went on to pull the upset of the Dukes by the final score of 46-43.
York had chances late, but a step-back 3-pointer by Jeb Lucas, who scored 24 of the team’s 43 points, was on line but well short.
After the game York head coach Scott Lamberty talked about what happened after the Duke’s took a 12-0 lead.
“Once they started scoring they were able to slap on their press and we got tentative in our cuts and our passing and they took advantage,” said Lamberty. “They are very athletic. We knew coming in they were not a 3-8 team and I was a little bit worried about that and their athleticism.”
York trailed at the quarter break 15-14 and at the half 22-18.
Norris extended its lead to 30-22 in the third quarter, but behind Lucas York was able to make a run and pull to within 44-43 on Wyatt Cast’s old fashioned three-point play with better than two and a half minutes to play.
Norris was keeping the lead by driving and scoring inside. Harrison Boe led the way with 13 points and Kixten Misko added 11.
Norris held the ball from the 2:39 mark of the fourth quarter to 46.9 seconds to play in the game.
The Titans got two huge free throws from Boe to go up 46-43 and on York’s next possession ot turned the ball over with 13.3 seconds to play.
The Titans missed the free throw and York called time out to set up the final play with 7.1 seconds left.
“We had about three different looks out of the play we called. We were hoping to get a secondary screen and that never happened. Jeb got the shot he likes and it was on line,” said Lamberty.
Norris finished the game 15 of 33 from the field and 4 of 11 from the 3-point arc. They were 12 of 17 at the free throw line and outscored the Dukes by seven from there. York was just 5 of 8.
The Dukes hit 16 of 35 shots and all six 3-pointers were made by Lucas. As a team York was 6 of 15 from 3-point range.
York will host Fairbury Friday night (weather permitting).
“I hope this wakes us up a little bit and gets us more focused and playing with a little more intensity,” said Lamberty. “We need to get our edge back and start playing like we were earlier in the year.”
York was without senior guard Brady Danielson who continues to nurse a leg injury suffered a week ago at GICC.
15 7 12 12- 46
14 7 14 11- 43
NOR (46)- Misko 11, Knudsen 4, Schwaninger 2, Boe 13, Oerter 2, Price 4, Pankoke-Johnson 5, Deveaux 2, Rice 3. Totals-15-33 (4-11) 12-17 46.
YORK (43)-Erwin 4, Lucas 24, Hoffmann 9, Cast 4, Snodgrass 2. Totals-16-35 (6-15) 5-8 43.