SUSQUEHANNOCK- Susquehannock boys' basketball head coach John Zerfing knew that he was in for a challenge during a 50-45 road victory at York County Tech on Jan. 18.

Zerfing had seen a game from earlier in the season where the Spartans easily defeated a tough Bermudian Spring team, one that sits atop the YAIAA Division III standings along with the Warriors.

"I saw them on tape beat Bermudian in here pretty badly and I knew they were really a dangerous team," said Zerfing. "We knew they were a dangerous team, and we really came in understanding that."

Susquehannock was also coming off of an emotional 70-59 win over Division IV-leading Delone Catholic earlier in the week.

The combination of the two admittedly had Zerfing feeling on edge.

And the contest would prove to be everything that Zerfing expected.

After fighting to a 14-10 lead after the first quarter (13 of those points scored by Susquehannock's Tyler Brooks), the Warriors managed just seven in the second stanza and could not hold off a strong surge from the Spartans.

After a Brooks 3-pointer put the visitors up 20-16 with four minutes left in the second quarter, York Tech went on an 11-1 run to end the first half and take a 27-21 lead into the intermission.

- SYTIVA SEITZ