YORK, Pa. – Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) netted 17 points to lead McDaniel in a 66-63 non-conference men’s basketball victory over York (Pa.) in the opening round of the 2009 Hampton Inn Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday.
McDaniel comes from behind to defeat York, advance to tournament championship game
Kevin Henry (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) added 11 points for the Green Terror (5-3), who overcame an eight-point deficit early in the second half to advance to Sunday’s championship game against the winner of Saturday’s second opening round game between Alvernia and Penn State-Behrend.
Julian Watson led the Spartans (3-7) with 20 points while Jeremy Keefer chipped in 11.
Trailing 66-61, Nick Brady drove and hit a layup with 14.7 seconds on the game clock to make it a one-possession game.
Off the inbounds, Mike Riley forced McDaniel into a turnover. After a timeout with 9.7 seconds on the clock, Riley fired a 3-point attempt from the right wing that came up short to preserve the Green Terror victory.
After a scoreless first 2:45 of the game, Josh McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) hit a layup to snap an 0-for-4 start for McDaniel.
Watson countered on York’s next possession with a layup of his own after a matching 0-for-4 opening, sparking a 17-6 rally that gave the Spartans a seven-point advantage with 9:13 remaining in the first half.
A Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) 3-pointer 27 seconds later keyed a 9-4 stretch that pulled the visitors within two.
Four points apiece from Keefer and Dylan Hoffman coupled with a Watson basket-and-foul helped the hosts stretch the lead to 32-24 with 3:03 to play in the first half en route to a 34-28 halftime advantage.
Trailing 44-36 off two Keefer free throws with 15:29 to play, Sarris-Grau hit a layup on the Green Terror’s next possession to spark a 16-7 run over the next nearly seven minutes that gave McDaniel its first lead since 4-2.
Trailing 56-55 on a Riley basket with 5:43 showing, Sarris-Grau converted at the other end to give the Green Terror the lead for good.
Henry stretched the lead to as many as five at 65-60 with 1:51 remaining before Andrew Pawlyk and Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) traded single free throws to set up York’s final minute comeback attempt.
McKay added 10 points for McDaniel while Henry dished out five assists to go with his 11 points. Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) chipped in nine points and nine rebounds.
Game time on Sunday is 6 p.m.