Turnovers plague Warrior boys again against York
Schuyler boys basketball suffered through another night of turnover issues and cold shooting in 62-29 home loss to Class B No. 4 York on Dec. 20.
Schuyler Central committed 20 turnovers and shot 26 percent from the floor, 30 percent from 3-point range and lost their sixth straight game to begin the 2018-19 campaign.
Schuyler had a difficult time keeping up with York’s team speed and athleticism for much of the night.
Warrior head coach Lyndon Beebe saw his team lose confidence in the early going.
“We missed our first three or four layups in that first quarter and we were pretty much done after that,” he said. “We simply seemed scared and tentative after the opening tip to start the game.”
It took Schuyler over three minutes to light up the scoreboard with their first points on a short jumper by Oscar Velez cutting into York’s lead at 8-2, but that was followed up by 7-0 run from the visitors ending the first eight minutes with a 15-2 advantage.
A couple of jumpers by Easton Hall and another make by Velez kept the Warrior’s slim hopes of a comeback alive with 3:19 to go in the half. Once again, York ended the quarter on another 8-0 run to close the door on SCHS 33-8 at the halftime break.
Schuyler came out and played a much more competitive brand of basketball in the third quarter, matching York’s 12-point output in the frame.
“There were some times that we competed hard, but there were also too many times that we didn’t” stated Coach Beebe.
With reserves playing a majority of the final quarter, the Dukes outscored the Warriors 19-9 for their final victory margin of 64-29.
Velez and Aaron Langemeier led the Warriors in scoring with six points each while Elmer Salazar and Easton Hall both scored four points on the night.
Juniors Ruben Lickei and Nolan Healy each hit a 3-point jumper, Juan Gonzalez scored two points and Rosel Diaz hit a free throw attempt for his one point.
The Dukes had a balanced scoring attack led by Garrett Snodgrass with 13, Reid Hoffmann with 12, Brady Danielson and Jeb Lucas with nine points each and Wyatt Cast with seven.
On the boards, Langemeier and Gonzalez paced SCHS with five each followed by Hall and Velez with four, and Preston Anderson, Healy and Lickei with one each.
“You can’t take anything away from York. They are very good,” Beebe said. “It looked to me we just weren’t ready to play them tonight.”
Schuyler is next in action at the Holiday Tournament at Lakeview High School in Columbus on Thursday, Dec. 27 in a matchup with Columbus Scotus.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net