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York could not have gotten off to a more ominous start than it did Wednesday night against visiting Morton.
The Dukes turned the ball over seven times in the first quarter, which was coupled by the 8-for-12 shooting from the field by the Mustangs forcing coach Vince Doran to call two of his five timeouts in the first three minutes after falling behind 14-2.
The recovery, however, was fast and furious by the Dukes, who tied the score by halftime and went on to a definitive 65-50 win.
“We’ve really struggled at home with our starts but tonight was unfortunately typical,” Doran said.
“We can’t afford a start like that in the playoffs. But I’m really proud of our seniors to beat a team like Morton on senior night.”
Frank Toohey sparked the comeback, scoring nine of his 12 points in the second quarter which the Dukes (20-7) ended with a 14-4 run to tie the game 31-31.
The Mustangs (16-7) regained the lead 36-33 on five points by Greg Carter early in the third, but the Dukes responded with an 18-6 run to end the period up 51-42. Charlie Rose had six of his 13 points in the third, while teammate Jack Heinie had five of his 13.
Rose and Heinie, both juniors, normally start but made way for two seniors.
Carter had nine of his game-high 24 points in that first quarter. Waller Perez finished with 14 for the Mustangs, who got no closer than nine points in the fourth.
Dukes leading scorer David Cohn finished with 14 points.
“We’ve had some worse starts, I think one game we were down 26-2,” Toohey said. “We have to change our pre-game approach. We definitely got the better of them in the second half.”