ELMHURST – After waiting 32 years between Jack Tosh Holiday Classic titles, York is on the verge of winning two in a row.
The Dukes beat Lyons Township 56-42 in Monday night's semifinal to advance to the final, which will be Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Senior forward Frank Toohey scored 20 points for the Dukes, which is now 12-0 on the season.
“This tournament means everything," Toohey said. "I don’t know how many teams have repeated it, but I know we’ve got a shot here. We’re definitely not taking it lightly.”
LT (8-4) played without starting forward Chris Hester and top reserve guard Jim Cullen. Hester twisted his knee earlier in the tournament and Cullen was away for family reasons.
The Dukes closed the first half on an 11-2 run to take a 28-19 lead into the break. LT got as close as five points in the third quarter, but York had an answer every time.
“It’s frustrating that we beat three really good teams to get here and we’ve played really well and then struggled tonight for various reasons," LT coach Tom Sloan said. "That’s disappointing, but it’s a good learning experience for us. We’re going to play a really good team tomorrow so we need to shake this off and get ready to go.”
Charlie Rose scored nine points and Stanley Roberts and Jack Heinle each added points. Harrison Niego led the Lions with 18 points and Omarr Gilbert chipped in eight points.