Boys rebound nicely for win
Opening weekend was one of mixed emotions for the Dallastown boys' squad.
The season began with disappointment as the Wildcats lost 61-48 to Central Dauphin.
However, the response on Saturday was impressive. The balanced Wildcats had five players score in double figures and topped York Suburban 71-50.
Will Barton (12 points), Justin Atwood (11), Max Teyral (11), Nike McGlynn (10) and Kobe Green (10) led way.
Boys fall to Central, then beat Etown
The Wildcats played with Central York just fine for the final three quarters, however they were unable to overcome a slow start in a 70-58 Division I loss.
The host Panthers came out red-hot and out-scored Dallastown 23-9 in the opening quarter, which the Cats couldn't recover from.
Braden Caldwell led the way with 19 points and Nike McGlynn added 10 for the Cats, who are 1-2 this season.
Coming off the loss at Central, the boys found themselves down 20-12 after one quarter at Elizabthtown, but found the answer.
Propelled by a 27-7 second period, Dallastown marched to a 71-62 victory over the Bears.
Will Barton scored a team-high 16 and Braden Caldwell added 11 for the balanced Wildcats, who improved to 2-2.
Boys drop overtime heartbreaker
Despite 31 points from Brandon Caldwell and 14 from Will Barton, the Wildcats lost 64-63 against York High on Tuesday.
Caldwell hit four 3-pointers during the contest, which was close throughout.
Ben Ward hit the go-ahead basket with less than a minute to play, but the Bearcats scored the game-winner with 3.5 second remaining for the win.
Bobcats too much for boys team
Sometimes one of the area's best teams and best players are too much for even a solid basketball team like the Dallastown boys.
That was the case on Wednesday night when reigningg YAIAA and District 3 5A champion Northeastern came to town. Antonio Rizzuto scored 39 points and the Bobcats topped our Wildcats 79-60.
Back in win column to close year
Although the YAIAA Division I season has been unkind to this point for the Wildcats, if Thursday was any indication, there's better times ahead for the boys.
Playing at Manheim Township, our boys came home with a solid 64-59 non-league victory, which should help to instill some confidence after the new year.
Boys go 2-for-2 over the weekend
Despite being down 13-7 after one quarter during the War of the Roses against Warwick, The Wildcats had what it took the next 16 minutes.
Dallastown out-scored the Warriors 41-15 in the second and third quarters and went on to post an impressive 66-48 victory against Warwick.
Braden Caldwell scored 22, Brandon McGlynn added 16, extending the Cats' win streak to three.
Boys win fourth straight
Behind a solid defensive second half, the boys won their fourth straight game, 58-47 against Spring Grove on Wednesday.
Braden Caldwell led all scorers with 23 points and the Cats allowed only 20 points after the intermission to go into Friday's rivalry game at Red Lion on a high note.
Boys remain hot in win at Red Lion
The Wildcats boys won their fifth straight game during Friday night's Boys-Girls doubleheader at rival Red Lion, 61-43 past the Lions.
Braden Caldwell led the way with 19 points, thanks to four 3-pointers, Will Barton notched 11 and Ben Ward 10 in the win.
Dallastown burst out to an 18-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
Boys keep climbing standings
Hosting Central York provided an opportunity for the Wildcats boys to move up in the standings and they took full advantage of it.
Dallastown notched a 60-56 victory to even its Division I record to 4-4 while the Wildcats earned a sixth straight win.
Bigger than basketball
Northeastern is not the place any team riding a six-game win streak wants to play as the Wildcats found out on Friday night.
The unbeaten Bobcats were too much for Dallastown, as they have been for everybody this season. With guard Fred Mulbah scoring his 1,000th career point, Northeastern topped our Cats 80-50.
On a side note the two schools' student fans did a great thing working together to honor a fallen federal marshall that lived in the Northeastern district.
That is something to be proud of for both schools.
Hempfield has lost only two games this season, but the good news is one of those was to our Wildcats, who won 52-48 in the Keystone Cup.
Dallastown was led by Brandone McGylnn, who scored 20 points, with the help of hitting four 3-pointers.
Braden Caldwell added 11 as the Wildcats led 41-31 after three quarters and held on for the win.
Boys deal Hempfield rare loss
William Penn topped the Wildcats in a close game for the second time this season, this time 53-50 on Tuesday.
In December, the Bearcats edged Dallastown in overtime.
Up next for the Wildcats is Wednesday's Teacher Appreciation Night when they host Dover. Friday will be at home against New Oxford.
Bearcats get us again
One day after an a disappointing result, the Wildcat boys bounced back in style against a very good Dover squad on Teacher Appreciation night.
Despite trailing by one after the first quarter, Dallastown came back to lead at the half and went on to a 65-59 victory.
Will Barton led the way with 15, Braden Caldwell added 12 and Brandon McGlynn 11 in the win.
The Cats return home Friday against New Oxford.
Playing four games in a week is a challenge for every team and it was to our boys on Friday.
Of course, this New Oxford team has been tough on everyone and the Colonials did it again, handing the Wildcats boys a 49-48 loss.
Tough end to tough week
Boys win at Spring Grove
Trailing at halftime, the Wildcat boys allowed only 14 total points in the last 16 minutes en route to a 60-43 win at Spring Grove.
A 12-5 edge in third quarter helped stem the upset effort of the Rockets and Dallastown ran away after a 21-9 fourth.
Will Barton led all scorers with 18 and Braden Caldwell added 11 in the win.
Boys split weekend games
Four players scored in double figures and the Wildcats beat an improved Red Lion squad, 52-47 in the nigthcap of Friday's girls-boys doubleheader.
Nike McGlynn scored 12, while Will Barton, Braden Caldwell and brother Brandon McGlynn notched 10 apiece in the win.
Dallastown marched out to an 18-3 lead after one quarter, 32-20 at the half and held off the Lions rally/
Unfortunately, the Cats fell on Saturday, 61-30 against Keystone Cup foe Lower Dauphin.
Cats cap regular season with W
District 3 play is next
Braden Caldwell scored 20 points and Will Barton added 11 as the Wildcats closed the regular season with a resounding 68-48 Senior Night win past South Western. Dallastown jumped out to a 44-20 halftime lead, thanks to a 24-4 second quarter.
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What a comeback, what a game
If facing Division I foe Central York to open the District 3 Class 6A tournament wasn't enough of a challenge, the game end up delayed by a day, with a change in location.
Making matters worse was the Wildcat boys falling behind 18-0 in the game played at Red Lion.
But Dallastown somehow found a way. Making a dramatic return from a torn ACL, senior Da'Trail Albert found himself with a 3-point jumper with 11 seconds to play.
Albert hit the triple, one of his four on the night. He finished with 14 points in his first full game back, and the Wildcats stunned the Panthers 58-53.
The Wildcats chipped back in the game during the second quarter, cutting the one-time huge deficit to 26-18.
Down 45-40 after three, Dallastown kept pushing, taking the lead on a Braden Caldwell basket. A short while later, Will Barton, who led all scorers with 22 points, scored in transition for the Cats first lead with 1:12 to play.
The game was delayed a day and moved to Red Lion after recent social media treats at Central York.
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Dallastown now has the unenviable task of facing top seed, defending district and state champ Reading.
It didn't take long to see how good Reading is and why they are the defending PIAA 6A champs.
Even with last year's star Lonnie Walker playing at Miami, the Red Knights have plenty of talent that was on display Friday night.
For the second straight game, the Wildcats were down big after one quarter and although they staged another comeback, fell 83-71.
Dallastown did hit eight 3-pointers in the game and Braden Caldwell led the way with 22 points. Da'Trail Albert posted 16 and Will Barton 11.
Dallastown gets one more shot at a berth in the state tournament when it faces Cedar Crest on Tuesday, at Hershey High School.
Reading is one tough foe
Boys also reach state tourney
One night after the Wildcat girls qualified for the PIAA tournament, the boys put on a display in a 62-46 win past No. 4 Cedar Crest.
Dallastown trailed by two after the first quarter, before taking a 30-27 lead at the half. A 20-8 third period advantage propelled the Cats to victory.
Will Barton scored 23 points and Braden Caldwell added 15 and Dallastown's season will continue in the district fifth-place game, Thursday vs. Harrisburg at Cumberland Valley.
Signature win heading to states
The Wildcat boys are heading to states on a high note after an impressive 64-61 win over Harrisburg in the district fifth-place game at Cumberland Valley.
Playing its best basketball of the season, Dallastown opens the PIAA 6A tournament on Saturday, March 10.