HOLDREGE — The road trip to Holdrege the final weekend of the regular season has traditionally not been fun for the York boys basketball team.
York, on the heels of a 10-point victory over Beatrice on Friday night, shot lights out at Holdrege as they blew away the home team by the final score of 65-43 on Saturday evening.
York (17-5) will more than likely be the No. 1 seed at the Class B-4 District which is scheduled to start next Saturday.
Last Saturday the Dukes got an emotional effort from the Holdrege boys who were playing their final home game with head coach Jerry Buck, who is leaving coaching after 29 years, 19 with the Dusters.
Holdrege just didn’t have the firepower to stay with the Dukes who hit 7-11 shots in the first quarter to open a lead of 18-10. The shots kept falling as the Dukes ended the first half 15-23 from the field for 65 percent and a 39-23 cushion at the break. York was 6-11 from the 3-point circle.
“We talked to them tonight about playing for 32 minutes, because Holdrege could have came out the same exact way,” commented York head coach Scott Lamberty. “We just had to keep our emotions high and get into the basketball game. I thought we did a good job in the first half, the second half was not as good, but we took care of business and we kept the lead at that 17-18 points. They came out in that box and one and Leighton (Thomas) hit a shot, Ryan (Dolan) hit one, then we started to get to the basket a little bit more. We still weren’t real strong when we go the basket, but at least we were getting there.”
York had the lead dip to 13 points in the third quarter, but quickly re-established the numbers to 17-20 points and was never threatened the rest of the way.
In scoring, junior Ty Danielson led the way with 21, Jonah Otte had 12 and Jared Miller chipped in with eight. Danielson had four 3-point shots in the first half.
York was 26-45 from the field for 60 percent and 7-14 from the 3-point arc for 50 percent. At the free throw line the Dukes made good on 6-8 attempts.
Holdrege was paced in scoring by Luke Ackerman with 18 who also hit four 3-point shots. Picking up eight points each were Alex Hamling and Marcus VanEperen.
Holdrege was 13-44 from the field and that included 5-15 from the 3-point arc. The Dusters hit 12-18 at the free throw line.
“We will take it one at a time and we will just have to see what happens,’ Lamberty said of the upcoming district tournament.
York (17-5) .................. 18 21 12 14—65
Holdrege (9-14) .................. 10 13 11 9—43
Y: L. Thomas 2 (1) 0-0 5, R. Dolan 2 (1) 0-0 5, T. Danielson 7 (4) 3-4 21, J. Otte 6 0-0 12, E. Neville 2 0-0 4, C. Zumpfe 2 0-0 4, J. Miller 4 0-0 8, G. Suddarth 0 2-2 2, C. Loreman 0 1-2 1, B. Woodruff 1 (1) 0-0 3. Totals- 26-45 (7) 6-8 65.
H: A. Hamling 2 4-7 8, M. VanEperen 2 4-4 8, L. Ackerman 4 (4) 2-2 18, J. Karlson 2 (10 1-2 6, D. Hixson 1 1-1 3, A. Maaske 2 0-0 4, B. Schroeder 0 0-2 0. Totals- 13-44 (5) 12-18 43.