Red Lion and Central York staged an epic battle Friday night and the youthful Panthers roared back from a nine-point deficit and posted a 61-60 overtime victory over the Lions.
It was a game worthy of reliving, so here is a scoring play breakdown of the action, starting when Red Lion’s Spencer McCreary, who scored the Lions’ final 20 points and totaled 36 for the night, opened the fourth quarter with a slick drained fall-away jumper, giving his squad a 45-36 lead.
Fourth quarter: RL, Spencer McCreary jumper (RL 45-36); CY, Lucas Hough grabs offensive rebound and gets fouled. He drains two free throw (45-38); CY, After his team misses two shots, Raphael Nwanguma pulled in another offensive rebound, hit a layup and gets fouled (45-40). Nwanguma misses the free throw, but the Panthers grab two more offensive boards before Ricky Mosley’s layup (45-42). CY, Mosley pulls down a defensive rebound, dribbles up court and hits a streaking Spencer Ortmyer for a layup and a free throw, although he misses the foul shot (45-44). CY, Nwanguma misses a shot, but Ortmyer tips home the rebound giving Central the lead (45-46). CY, Tremaine Bowman drives to the basket, scores and gets fouled. He misses the free throw (45-48). RL, McCreary buries a 3-pointer, tying the score (48-48).
Overtime: CY, Jalil Ford misses a shot, but grabs his own rebound, hits a layup, gets fouled and makes the free throws (48-51, 2:30 remaining). RL, McCreary hits a 3-pointer (51-51, 1:52). CY, Nwanguma converts nice pass from Ford for layup and gets fouled. He hits the free throw for a three-point play (51-54, 1:30). RL, McCreary hits two free throws (53-54, 1:04). CY, Ford hits two free throws (53-56, :56). CY, Nwanguma forces a turnover and later gets the ball back. He gets fouled and makes two free throws (53-58, :39). RL, McCreary nails a 3-pointer (56-58, :27). RL, McCreary pulls down a rebound of a Panther missed free throw and gets fouled. He drops both from the stripe, tying the game (58-58). CY, Bowman banks home a 3-pointer (58-61, :05). RL, McCreary has the ball, but Ford denies him a potential game-tying shot by fouling him. McCreary hits both free throws (60-61, :.01).
Wrap-up notes: After missing three free throws in the fourth quarter, Central hits 6-of-8 in the extra session … Ford had 16 points, Mosley 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench … Evan Ehrhart added 14 points for Red Lion. His driving layup with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter was the last Lion point not scored by McCreary. The two combined to score 50 of the Lions’ 60.