Spartans Go Cold as Captains Earn CAC Championship

Jason Bady photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Jason Bady photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College men's basketball team saw their season-high ten game win streak come to an end as the #11 Christopher Newport Captains downed the Spartans 78-56 in the championship game of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday in the Freeman Center. The Spartans and Captains shared the regular season championship and the Captains were awarded the top seed via a coin flip. That made things a little more challenging for York as they had to try to win at the Freeman Center, a place where the Captains had not lost since last year.  

 

Game #28 – CAC Championship Game

Final Score: York (Pa.) 56, #11 Christopher Newport 78

Records: York 21-7, CNU 25-3

Field Goals: York 20-for-59, CNU 27-for-57

Field Goal %: York 33.9%, CNU 47.4%

Three Point FG: York 7-for-34, CNU 8-for-26

Three Point FG %: York 20.6%, CNU 30.8%

Free Throws: York 9-for-14, CNU 16-for-25

Free Throw %: York 64.3%, CNU 64%

Rebounds: York 33, CNU 47

Assists: York 11, CNU 10

Turnovers: York 12, CNU 14

Blocked Shots: York 4, CNU 3

Steals: York 8, CNU 6

 

How It Happened

• The Spartans got off to a good start as they led 5-4 but with 15:42 left in the first half, CAC Player of the Year Jason Bady got whistled for a very tough second foul, sending him to the bench and completely changing the complexion of the first half. After Bady left the game, the Captains went on a 14-5 run to take an 18-10 lead with 9:37 left in the first half.

• The Spartans cut the lead to three on a David Giuliani three pointer with 5:02 left in the half but the Captains responded with a quick six-point spurt to push the lead back to nine. CNU would settle for a 32-24 lead at the break. The Captains outscored York 18-6 in points in the paint and 13-5 in points off turnovers.

• The Spartans came roaring out the intermission as they hit the Captains with a 10-2 run to start the second stanza. That run tied the game at 34 with 17:23 left in the game. The Captains responded with a 19-3 run that turned the game completely around. York cut the lead to 13 on a Joey Polczynski three with 9:40 left but that's as close as York would get the rest of the way.

• CNU outscored the Spartans 46-32 in the second half as York shot just 31.4% in the second half while the Captains converted 46.7% of their shots from the floor.

 

Spartan Leaders

Jason Bady: 13 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal

Darin Gordon: 14 points, 1 rebound, 2 blockeds shots, 2 steals

Joey Polczynski: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 3 steals

Jared Wagner: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists

 

Captain Leaders

Marcus Carter: 31 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot

Cutch Ellis: 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Jason Aigner: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Tyler Femi: 13 rebounds, 5 points, 3 assists, 2 steals

 

Game Notes:

The Captains avenged their 2017-18 CAC Championship game loss to York as they are now 1-1 in CAC tournament games against the Spartans … the Spartans are now 26-22 all-time in the CAC Tournament … York has its four-game CAC Tournament win streak snapped with the loss … York is now 3-4 in CAC Championship games, snapping a three-game championship contest win streak … CNU has now won three CAC championships in seven championship game appearances … York is now 7-1 in the month of February … York is now 8-5 on the road this year … CAC Player of the Year Jason Bady recorded his second straight double-double in the CAC Tournament and sixth double-double of the year … Bady was hampered by foul trouble as he played just 28 minutes before fouling out … Bady had averaged 37 minutes per game in the last two CAC tournament game … the Spartans again battled foul trouble in the Freeman Center as Bady and Darin Gordon both fouled out as York had 21 total fouls … in the January 2 trip to Newport News, York had a season-high four players foul out … six of the Spartans' 13 foul disqualifications have come in two games at CNU … the Captains came into the game as the top defensive team in the league and held York to 33.9% from the floor, the Spartans' second worse shooting night of the year … neither team was very good from three as the Captains shot 30.8% while York was limited to a season-worse 20.6% from beyond the arc … the Spartans finished the regular season and playoffs with a 7-4 mark against regionally ranked opponents … CNU finished the season 16-0 at the Freeman Center for the year.

 

Up Next:

The Spartans now await to hear their fate on Monday afternoon as the NCAA Tournament field is announced at 12:30 pm. The Spartans entered this weekend ranked third in the region and are expecting to earn a tournament bid but that won't be official until Monday's announcement. Please turn to www.ycpspartans.com for full coverage as the tournament field is unveiled on Monday.  

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