Saturday. The Cardinals used a strong first half to propel them to a 67-53, victory over Lancaster Bible College.
The Cardinals received a balanced scoring attack with four players scoring in double figures. Junior Nahum Verna (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/ Hillcrest) recorded a team-high 17 points and had three steals to lead York. Marcel Esonwune (Lagos, Nigeria/ Marist Brothers) and Omari Phipps (Laurleton, NY/ St. John’s Prep) each netted 16 points and Jeremiah Fuller (Rosedale, NY/ Forest Hills) finished with ten points.
York shot 46.4 percent from the field compared to LBC’s 37.3 percent. The Cardinals also won the turnover battle forcing 20 turnovers, while only committing 12.
York (2-8) only trailed in the first minute of play and led for the remaining 39 minutes of the contest. After falling behind 5-3, York went on a 14-0 run in a five minute span to take a 17-5 lead. Verna led the Cardinals with a pair of three-pointers during the stretch.
After LBC got back to within five points at the 9:04 mark of the first half, York responded with another run, this time scoring ten unanswered to extend their lead back to 15. The Cardinals would go into the locker room with a 33-22 advantage.
In the second half, the Chargers once again clawed back into the game and got to within four points after a pair of Carl Edwards free throws made the score 48-44 with 7:33 to play. The Cardinals were able to hold off the run, however, scoring the next five points to up their lead to nine. York was never threatened the rest of the way.
For Lancaster Bible Edwards led all scorers with 22 points, while Billy Harrison netted 14 points as the Chargers fell to 1-4 on the year.
Esonwune was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 17 points, ten rebounds and two blocked shots in two games.
The Cardinals will return to action on Wednesday when they visit William Patterson.