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SkyHawk Basketball Falls Short in State Championship

After a thrilling double overtime game, Dukes defeat SkyHawks

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SkyHawk Basketball Falls Short in State Championship

York’s Brady Danielson looks to make a shot over Skutt Catholic’s Austin Ash

York’s Brady Danielson looks to make a shot over Skutt Catholic’s Austin Ash

Photo by Francis Gardler

York’s Brady Danielson looks to make a shot over Skutt Catholic’s Austin Ash

Photo by Francis Gardler

Photo by Francis Gardler

York’s Brady Danielson looks to make a shot over Skutt Catholic’s Austin Ash

Bob Killgore, Sports Editor

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March 12, 2017 — Just after Skutt Catholic defeated Gretna and York beat Bennington in the semifinals, the stage was set for the top two seeds in the tournament to meet in the state championship game Saturday. The stakes were high for both teams, as York was trying to win its first state basketball championship since 1944 and the SkyHawks were seeking their first championship since 2014.

The SkyHawks took control of the game early and carried a 23-14 lead entering halftime. Sophomore Tyson Gordon and junior Jake Kudron led the way for Skutt Catholic, scoring 17 of the 23 SkyHawks’ points. Skutt Catholic maintained that nine point lead with less than two minutes to go and looked like they were going to win. However, York guard Brady Danielson helped fueled the Dukes’ remarkable comeback.

Danielson made a critical three to cut the SkyHawks lead to six with 1:18 to go. Down by four, York forced a turnover with 18 seconds left and gave the Dukes a chance to come back. Danielson made two critical free throws with 14 seconds left to tie the game. SkyHawk senior Jackson Gordon missed a runner in the line at the buzzer.

Both teams had the chance to win the game in the first overtime, as Danielson missed with eight seconds to go and SkyHawk sophomore Tyson Gordon missed a three at the buzzer. In the second overtime, York guard Reid Hoffmann hit a three that put the Dukes ahead 56-51 with 1:34 left. York would hold on to win 61-56.

Danielson’s performance stood out among his teammates’, scoring 25 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, and three steals. Tyson Gordon’s double double and Jake Kudron’s 15 points were not enough for a SkyHawk state title.

“Some of Danielson’s shots were incredible, escepially during the fourth quarter”, Skutt Catholic head coach Kyle Jurgens said. “It’s hard to contain a guy like that when he hitting those kind of shots,” Jurgens continued.

 

Bob Killgore - Sports Editor

Bob joined The Flightline in January of 2016. His interests include cross country and track. He enjoys watching MLB baseball and his favorite baseball team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can email him at [email protected]

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