The Nation Ford boys held on for a 56-54 win over York after Falcons sophomore Riley Hilton hit a layup with nearly three seconds left Tuesday night.
Hilton had 10 points in the game, scoring all of them in the second half.
"We came up with a hybrid play," Falcons coach Brian Turner joked. "Defensively, we won the game at the end. We will take it."
York senior Reggie McClain tied the game at 54 with under a minute left on a potential three-point play, but McClain was unable to convert the free-throw attempt, giving the Falcons the opportunity for a win in regulation.
Carrying just a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, Nation Ford played smart basketball and didn't rush the ball setting up its shots. The Falcons shot 50 percent from the field in the final quarter.
The Falcons opened the second half on a 7-0 run and moved a five-point halftime lead to 2 within the first three minutes of the third quarter to make it 35-23.
York made a run of its own by scoring the next seven points and pulling within five.
Nation Ford's free-throw shooting kept it ahead for the majority of the third quarter. The Falcons made 9 of 12 from the line in the quarter. For the game, they hit 16 of 26 free throws as a team.
York was able to stay within striking distance by going to freshman Deshaw Andrews and McClain, who combined to score 11 of York's 18 points in the third quarter.
The Falcons struggled with their inside game, missing several second-chance points from a couple feet of the basket as the Cougars rallied.
In the second quarter, Nation Ford's Carson Smith opened things up by scoring the first eight points and created a gap for the Falcons, who led 18-7 early in the quarter.
The Falcons' transition game helped them as they got easy drives in the lane to fall.
York's Andrews had nine points in the quarter and helped the Cougars close the gap to four points at 20-16 with about three minutes left in the first half.
The Cougars went to a full-court press as Nation Ford struggled with turnovers. The Falcons surrendered the ball nine times in the quarter.
York took a 21-20 lead with two minutes left on a McClain bucket.
However, late turnovers by York allowed Nation Ford to regain the lead on hoops by senior Brandon Harris, who scored six consecutive points.
The Falcons carried a 28-23 lead into halftime.
Both teams' play was methodical to begin the game, as neither team scored until after nearly three minutes had passed.
When the scoring started, Nation Ford went from behind the arc to get things done opening with back-to-back 3-pointers.
York did just the opposite, delving into the paint to get points on the board.
Each team struggled from the field in the opening period, shooting around 30 percent.
Nation Ford 56, York 54
York - Reggie McClain 17, Deshaw Andrews 16, Daurice Simpson 7, Ty Currence 6, Luke Lancaster 4, Markell Castle 4
Nation Ford - Brandon Harris 11, Riley Hilton 10, Carson Smith 8, Andrew Komornik 7, Brandon Sturdivant 6, AJ Jackson 6, Ben Fountain 3, Kevin Stewart 2, JJ McCullough 2, Chase Bollinger 1.
3-pointers - York 4 (Deshaw Andrews 2, Markell Castle 1, Daurice Simpson 1), Nation Ford 4 (Carson Smith 2, Brandon Sturdivant 1, Ben Fountain 1). Team fouls - York 20, Nation Ford 10. Fouled out - None.
Records: York 6-16, 2-7 Region IV-AAA; Nation Ford 16-7, 7-2 Region IV-AAA.