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After being knocked out in the first round in the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving classic by Niles North last season, York returned the favor on Friday with a 65-42 win over the Vikings to advance to the championship game against Waubonsie Valley.
“It was good for our kids to come and get it this year,” York coach Vince Doran said.
The first half was an offensive struggle as both teams relied heavily on their guards to put points on the scoreboard.
With his crossovers and his wicked cuts down the lanes leaving the defense in confusion, senior guard David Cohn of York (3-0) scored 20 of his team’s 32 points in the first half.
Cohn was all over the stat sheet as he would finish the game with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and two steals.
Nile North countered with Senior guard Malachi Nix (14 points) with his 11 first half points to enter the half trailing York 32-27.
While Cohn was putting on an offensive clinic in the first half, it was an overall team-effort which led the charge to overwhelm the Vikings in the second half of play.
The Dukes stifling defense deserves the entire credit for their dominance in the second half. They held Niles North to combine for 15 points in the final two quarters.
York was all over the glass as they recorded nine defensive rebounds to ensure Niles North would not have an opportunity for second chance points.
York held Vikings guard Nix in check in the second half by forcing him to take ill-advised shots. He had only three points in the second half.
Senior forward Justin Kurash and junior Frank Toohey lightened the load off of Cohn’s shoulders while being the main contributors on offense for York in the second half.
Kurash scored 10 points while Toohey added eight point.
Despite nearly scoring half of his team’s points in the game, Cohn credited his teammates for the win.
“I can’ t take credit at all. I give it all for our coaches and the players around me.”