The Red Lion boys basketball team opened up the YAIAA county tournament Friday night with plenty of ease.
The Lions said goodbye to the Trojans early after jumping to a 15-2 lead in the game’s opening minutes. Mike Fox poured in 16 points in the first half alone, while teammate Stone McCreary sunk three 3-pointers to further boost the offensive rhythm.
Senior guard Evan Miller was inactive because of a broken hand he suffered a few days prior on the road at William Penn. Miller’s absence gave sophomore Bennett Frey his first start of the season.
“We really didn’t know what to expect with our point guard Evan Miller not playing,” head coach Steve Schmehl said. “But other guys stepped up and played really well.”
As it turned out, sophomore Jason Rebuck was one the players to calm Schmehl’s uncertainty.
Rebuck added 15 points en route to a 65-40 win. The starting forward proved equally effective on the defensive end, beating Suburban’s 6-foot-7 big man Malique Lewis on the glass time and time again.
Following the dominating performance, Schmehl received word that his team will play top-seeded Central York in the semifinals on Tuesday at home.
“They got us in two close ones already and you learn something every time you play a games close like that. I would say it’s hard to beat a team three times.”
Red Lion (65) vs. York Suburban (40)
Frey 1 0-0 2, Godfrey 1 0-0 2, Gillispie 0 0-0 0, Huson 1 2-4 4, Stone McCreary 4 0-0 11, Mike Fox 12 4-5 28, Tyson 0 1-2 1, Schreckengast 0 0-0 0, Rebuck 7 1-4 15, Wanbaugh 1 0-1 2. Totals 27 8-16 65.
Red Lion 24 13 16 12 -- 65
York Suburban 10 8 13 9 -- 40
3-point goals -- RL 3 (McCreary 3), YS 2 (Boxley, Merkle)
Tuesday Admission: Tickets for Tuesday’s Red Lion vs. Central York contest will be sold in the Red Lion High School main office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Adult admission is $5 and students get in for $3.
Post-game Audio: Listen to head coach Steve Schmehl talk about Fox's strong performance as well as Evan Miller's inability to play because of a hand injury. Schmehl also shares thoughts on Tuesday's semifinal game vs. Central York.