York’s men’s basketball team, always competitive in the CUNYAC conference, is off to another strong start this season. At 4-0, the Cardinals are in first place in the South Division.
The Cardinals started the season slowly, opening the year with an 85-78 loss to Old Westbury on November 18. York then lost three of its next four games to “bottom out” at 1-4.
But from there, the Cardinals got hot, surviving BCM 68-67 on December 1st, and then proceeding to win eight of their next nine games. The Cardinals have not lost since December 9th.
The motor to York’s boat is senior Nick Hamilton-Lopez, who through 14 games is averaging a team high 20.8 points per game, including two thirty point games; a 33 point explosion against Wells on December 4th, and a 30 point game against Baruch on January 11th, both Cardinal wins. Hamilton-Lopez is also second on the team in assists, averaging 3.6 per game.
Part of the key to York’s success is the three point shot. The Cardinals love to throw it up from behind the arc, attempting an astounding 297 three point attempts thus far, nailing 107, a .360 clip. Hamilton-Lopez is by far and away the team’s biggest deep threat, nailing 57 of his 133 attempts.
Dominance in Division III is no stranger to York. The Cardinals are seemingly always playing for a championship. The Cardinals won back-to-back CUNYAC championships in 2006 and 2007, and advanced to the CUNYAC championship game in 2008, falling to John Jay in final. The 2008 team also set a school record for wins in a season with 22.
Last year’s team, despite going 14-14 overall, was 10-3 in the CUNYAC, and came close to capturing the conference championship, falling to Brooklyn College in tournament semifinal.
The head coach of the Cardinals, Ronald St. John, reached a milestone this season; his team’s 95-92 victory over Wells College on December 4 was the 300th of his coaching career, making him the 58th coach in Division III to reach that mark.