CICERO – After being one of the most consistent teams in the state for much of the season, York’s boys basketball team has hit its first slump of the season.
The Dukes enter the postseason on a three-game losing streak after beginning the year 23-2. To be fair, the opponents in those three games represent three of the toughest games on the schedule. York lost in road games against Hinsdale Central, Oak Park-River Forest and Morton. All three of those teams are favorites to win regionals, but the first two of those losses cost the Dukes the West Suburban Silver title.
“You go through this stuff in a season,” York coach Vince Doran said. “It’s unfortunate to have it now. I love our kids. I think our kids are going to bounce back. I believe in them. We’re going to go to Addison [to start the playoffs] and be ready to play whoever we face.”
York lost to OPRF 54-50 last Friday when a win would have given the Dukes a share of the West Suburban Silver title with Hinsdale Central. Despite beginning the conference season 10-0, York was unable to win the league.
Looking to rebound, the Dukes headed to Morton for the final regular season game in a West Suburban Conference crossover Wednesday. The Mustangs made 14 3-pointers and blew away the Dukes 81-57.
“They’re one of the hottest teams around right now,” Doran said. “They proved that [Wednesday]. They just shot the heck out of the ball early and we couldn’t string any stops together. We couldn’t guard them. Hopefully this is one of the best things that could possibly happen to us. It certainly not only humbles you, but you realize that you need to hunker down and get stops. We were able to do that in the early in the year.”
Frank Toohey (12 points) and Charlie Rose (11 points) both scored in double figures in the loss to Morton, but York couldn’t keep pace with the hot-shooting Mustangs. The two teams could face each other in a sectional semifinal if both teams get out of their regionals.
York begins its postseason push Tuesday at Addison Trail. The top-seeded Dukes play the winner of Addison Trail-North Lawndale Charter.