Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm / Updated at 10:47 pm
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GICC upsets No. 2 Class B York

YORK – In the second half the Dukes found the recipe to slow down GICC 6-4 junior Youhanna Ghaifan, but they could not escape the early deficit they dug for themselves in Tuesday night’s match of C-1 and Class B rated teams.

York pulled to within three points on several occasions in the second half, but the No. 8 Crusaders stayed one step ahead as they upset the Dukes by the final score of 50-44 in boys non-conference action.

At the break, Ghaifan had scored 15 of the Crusaders’ 23 points and was responsible for 11 rebounds. The junior would finish the night with 25 points and unofficially 17 rebounds, and in the process he wore out the Duke defense in the paint.

The Dukes pulled to within 32-28 at the end of the third quarter, and in the fourth York senior Ty Danielson tried to will the Dukes to their 11th consecutive win, but the York effort fell just short.

The Dukes pulled to within 38-35 with 5:49 to play as Danielson scored two of his game high 26 points, but the Crusaders always had an answer each time the Dukes threatened their lead.

GICC opened the lead back to 42-35 with 2:53 to play, but back came York as Grant Suddarth hit a short jumper to make it 47-44 with under a minute to play in regulation.

The Crusaders did not make things easy on themselves as they were just 6-15 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and 11-23 in the game.

At one point GICC missed five consecutive shots, but forced back-to-back turnovers on the defensive end to keep the Dukes from gaining any ground.

GICC hit two free throws late to seal the win and move to 9-4 on the year.

York trailed 3-0 53 seconds into the game and little would anyone know that 3-point goal would be a lead the Crusaders would never surrender.

GICC was led in scoring by Ghaifan with 25, Alex Allen was 5-9 on his 3-point shots and finished with 15, while Elijah Hunter ended up with six.

The Crusaders were 17-43 from the field and 5-15 behind the arc.

York was led by Danielson with 26, JJ Schulze finished with six and Ryan Dolan added four. The Dukes were 16-40 from the field, 1-8 from beyond the 3-point circle and 11-14 at the charity stripe.

In rebounding the Dukes were out boarded 31-27.

York (10-1) is back in action Friday night when it hosts Central Conference opponent Crete. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m.


GICC (9-4) 9 14 9 18-50
York (10-1) 7 10 11 16-44

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