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Colorado State coaches were smiling Friday after York stamped out Lyons 53-38 in the Dukes’ home opener.
York guard David Cohn, who signed with the Rams on Nov. 7, gave assistant coach Niko Medved a preview of what Colorado State could be enjoying next season. The 6-foot-2 floor leader led all scorers in the West Suburban Silver matchup with 17 points, including 11 in the second half.
He saved the best for the fourth quarter, driving for a layup following his steal, faking a pass and sailing in for a score, then feeding 6-8 forward Justin Kurash (9 points) for an alley-up dunk to put the home team ahead 48-35 with four minutes remaining.
“I got going on the offensive end,” Cohn said of nine-point fourth quarter. “Frank Toohey and Kurash and the big men opened things up. Justin and I had a good connection — we made eye contact at the right time.”
The Lions (2-4, 0-2) enjoyed a 16-11 cushion when guard Sam Cybulski hit the first basket of the second quarter.
Three 3-pointers by Isaac McKinley sparked the Dukes (6-1, 2-0) on an 18-4 run that helped them take a 29-22 lead into the locker room.
“We turned the ball over eight times in the second quarter,” Lyons coach Tom Sloan said. “In the first quarter we gave up 10 points off offensive rebounds. We didn’t rebound. Their size advantage really made them difficult to defend.”
Christopher O’Reilly paced the Lions with 13 points and Jarryd Heath has all eight of his in the second half.
With the seniors playing for their fourth coach in as many years, York is off to a fast start in the WSC Silver.
“Our confidence is definitely there,” Cohn said. “We gotta keep doing what we’ve been doing. Our coach (Vince Doran) trusts us and we trust him.”