PORTLAND, Maine — When the York boys basketball team is clicking on all cylinders, it’s simply the best around, regardless of class.
The Greely Rangers discovered that first-hand Saturday afternoon at the Portland Exposition Building as the Wildcats roared to life late in the first period and never looked back en route to a 64-38 victory.
York improved to 18-1, ended Greely’s season at 10-10 and advanced to take on No. 3 Cape Elizabeth (14-5) in Thursday’s semifinal round, 7:30 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
After the seventh-seed Rangers got off to an ideal start, racing to a 12-4 lead, the No. 2 Wildcats put on a veritable clinic, controlling the glass, frustrating Greely with its defense and scoring points, lots of them, in a mind-boggling 26-2 run which completely blew the game open.
York got 10 points and nine rebounds from senior Hayden Webster in the first half surge and held a 32-18 lead at the break.
The Wildcats went on an 11-4 run to start the second half and never looked back. By the midpoint of the fourth quarter, both coaches had completely emptied their benches.
Webster finished with 13 points and junior Michael Gallagher had a team-high 14, highlighted by four 3-pointers. York senior Aaron Todd reached the 1,000-point career scoring mark in the 3rd quarter.
Greely was paced by a game-high 15 points from junior Michael McDevitt. The Rangers committed 20 turnovers.