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Guards David Cohn and Charlie Rose combined for 48 points as York pulled away late to earn a 62-51 win over conference rival Lyons in the Class 4A York Regional semifinals on Wednesday.
For almost three quarters, Lyons was able to keep York (21-7) at bay with an aggressive 2-3 half-court zone defense that kept the Dukes out of their comfort zone.
Then, Rose stepped up. He scored seven straight points to give the Dukes an early 10-point fourth quarter lead.
“He (Rose) has been that way all season,” York coach Vince Doran said. “He’s made some gargantuan shots for us all season.”
The Lions (13-15), facing a major deficit, were forced to play pressure defense. Cohn took advantage and blitzed past defenders with several layups and free throws, scoring 14 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth.
“We like to get the ball in his (Cohn’s) hands,” Rose said. “He can really stretch it out for us and make some great plays when we get some pressure.”
Rose finished with 23 points and guard Jack Heinle chipped in four points and 10 rebounds.
Guard Harrison Niego led the Lions with 14 points and swingman Christopher O’Reilly was close behind with 12 points. Forward Sam Cybulski added nine points off the bench.
“The kids played their hearts out and I’m proud of them,” Lyons coach Tom Sloan said. “We had them on the ropes for three quarters, but they showed why they’re a good team tonight.”