Northwestern took all the suspense out of it in the first few minutes Friday against York. The Trojans raced out to a 10-0 advantage and didn't look back on their way to a 71-49 disposal of the Cougars.
Northwestern's Labris Adams found himself in scoring position time after time in the first half. He scored 17 of his game-high 23 points prior to halftime.
But it was Adams' pass in the third quarter that had the Trojans faithful on their feet. With Northwestern leading 46-27, Adams came up with a loose ball near the Cougars foul line. He dribbled against two defenders as though he was going to drive for a layup.
He laid the ball high off the glass for teammate Chris Belton, who was trailing the play. Belton caught the ball in stride and hammered it through the rim.
"When I got the steal I heard him (Belton) screaming for the alley-oop. So I threw it up there for him," Adams said.
Belton and Cordarrelle Patterson added 11 points apiece for Northwestern.
York (6-13, 0-8 Region 3-AAAA) got 14 points from Jerry Holmes and another 12 from Drew Harper.
It has been a tough year for the Cougars and coach Kendell Childers.
"It's hard to keep finding the positives. We've been saying we're young, we're young. But we're almost 20 games into the season now. Hopefully we'll learn from this," he said.
Northwestern coach Mike Gossett thought the game was a good rebound from a disappointing effort in last Friday's loss at Clover.
"We changed up a little and worked on moving the basketball. We concentrated on us on offense. I think we got more good touches tonight than we have all year," Gossett said.