York snaps losing streak to advance to regional final

ADDISON – It was back to normal for York on Tuesday.

After three consecutive losses, more than the Dukes had the entire season before the start of the slump, York got back to its winning ways with a 63-55 win over North Lawndale in a regional semifinal at Addison Trail.

York (24-5) trailed 5-2 early on and never again, leading by as many as 15 and holding on down the stretch. Next up is a regional final Friday against the winner of Lyons Township and Hoffman Estates.

The top-seeded Dukes were pushed by the No. 17 seed Phoenix, but the seeding may have been a bit deceptive.

"North Lawndale is a very good team," York coach Vince Doran said. "They're no 17 seed."

The 13-13 Phoenix play in the Chicago Public League Red West with powerhouse teams Young and Orr. Going 4-6 in that league is no shame.

Regardless, the Dukes still had too much on the night. Charlie Rose scored 17 points and fellow seniors Frank Toohey (12 points) and Jack Heinle (10 points) also scored in double figures.

York led 13-10 after the first quarter and gradually extended the lead, going up 10 at halftime and holding the lead at eight or more the rest of the game.

"[After] three [losses] in a row, to come back like that was really nice," Rose said. "We were waiting almost a week just to play so it felt good."