Boys Basketball: Middlesex Withstands Second-Half York Rally

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Jack Nanartowich posted a double-double on Saturday. (file photo)
Jack Nanartowich posted a double-double on Saturday. (File Photo)

Despite York putting together its best offensive performance of the season, the Falcons fell just short during a 65-63 loss on the road at Middlesex on Saturday.

Sixty-three points eclipses York’s previous season-best 51 points scored during a Dec. 29 loss to Tabb.

York’s offense was not running smoothly in the first half, however. While the Falcons continually got open looks, players simply were not connecting on their shots.

Things appeared dire for the Falcons as they trailed 36-20 at halftime, but York continued battling in the second half and had a chance to send the game into overtime during the fourth quarter.

Jack Nanartowich led York’s second-half charge thanks to his double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds.

After York outscored Middlesex by 13 points in the third quarter, the Falcons found themselves trailing by three points with less than 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

York’s game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds left hit the rim, but ricocheted out as Middlesex was able to run out the clock and hang on to the victory.

The Falcons (0-10) will face a tough test as they prepare to host Smithfield, the top team in the Bay Rivers District, on Wednesday.

York: 10 10 25 18 — 63
Middlesex: 14 22 12 17 — 65

York: McFadden 7, Patrick 18, Simmons 1, Bert 2, Martinez 11, Nanartowich 18, Christian 6
Middlesex: R. Marshall 18, Johnson 8, Holmes 23, South 3, C. Marshall 5, Key 4, Jones 4
3-point goals: Middlesex 5 (R. Marshall, Holes 2, South, C. Marshall), York 6 (Nanartowich 3, Martinez 2, McFadden)

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