YORK, Maine � Brady Cummins had just three points in the first 16 minutes in York�s Class A South showdown against three-time defending state champion Greely.
His two rim-rattling dunks in a span of 16 seconds in the third quarter, and another 2 minutes later, led the Wildcats to a 23-7 run to end the third quarter, turning a two-point deficit into a 14-point lead.
Cummins, Will MacDonald and the Wildcats easily took it from there, improving to 17-0 on the season with a 62-46 win.
�(Those dunks) definitely motivated us and gave us the energy that we didn�t have in the first half, and obviously, helped us get the outcome we had tonight,� said Cummins, who finished with 13 points, eight coming in the decisive third. �This (win) will definitely help give us confidence (going into the tournament). The regular season has just been practice for us, we�ve been focused on the playoffs the whole year.�
The Wildcats opened the regular season with a 63-51 win at Greely. The Rangers fell to 13-4 on the season, with half of their losses coming against York.
�I think this (game) certainly helps us,� Greely head coach Travis Seaver said. �Anytime you can play competition that is as good as York it�s an opportunity for us to get better. I think, if we are fortunate enough to play them in a couple of weeks, I think we�ll be a little bit smarter. Anytime you have an opportunity to play and get better, it�s good.�
Cummins and senior captain Will MacDonald combined to score York�s final 20 points of the third quarter.
The only York basket in the third that didn�t come from either Cummins or MacDonald was a Tommy Coughlin 3-pointer from the baseline opposite the Wildcat bench. MacDonald, who was 4 for 4 from the free throw line, led all scorers with 19 points.
�We give teams problems,� Cummins said. �I know if I am not feeling it, I have Will and all my other teammates. We just try to go out there and give it our all every night.�
Cummins doesn�t believe there is a better one-two tandem in Class A South than him and MacDonald.
�I wouldn�t say so,� he said.
York (17-0) will finish its regular season on Wednesday against Gray-New Gloucester.
�Gosh, Greely is a great team and they�re going to certainly be someone who causes some trouble in the tournament,� York coach Paul Marquis said. �But whoever we�re playing, whether it�s Greely, or whoever it is this time of the season, we just want to keep playing well and get ourselves ready for that next run.
�One of our goals and focuses throughout the season, and I know it�s cliche, but was just to keep better every day,� Marquis continued. �Obviously, we have some talent and did some nice things early in the season, but we just want to keep moving on an upward trend and I think we�ve been playing some quality basketball.�
York and Greely traded small leads for most of the second quarter. Logan Bagshaw�s two free throws gave the Rangers a 22-21 lead with 1:44 left in the half.
Riley Linn answered those with a 3-pointer, and Cummins followed with a conventional 3-point play, giving the Wildcats a 27-22 lead with 1:23 left to intermission.
Both teams traded a pair of free throw and a Coughlin pull-up jumper off a steal gave York a 31-27 halftime lead.
Nick Butler drained baseline 3-pointers on consecutive trips up the floor in the opening minute of the second half, giving Greely a 33-31 lead with 6:39 left in the third.
MacDonald�s fallway jumper in the paint tied the game 31 seconds later, and then came Cummins� dunks.
�(Cummins) does a lot, especially dunks like that, they get everybody into the game and gets our energy up; that is what we needed at the time,� MacDonald said. �This (double-digit win) gives us a lot of confidence. I think we�re 25 to 30 points better than that team, we just have to come out with the energy we had there in the second half. I think we can be successful against anyone.�
Coughlin and Donovan each finished with eight points, while Linn had seven. Butler led Greely with 18 points, all coming on 3-pointers, while Bagshaw had 13.
WILDCATS 62, RANGERS 46
Bernheisel 1-2-4, Bagshaw 4-5-13, Butler 6-0-18, Walker 1-2-5, Gabloff 2-1-6. Totals: 14-10-46
Donovan 2-3-8, Coughlin 3-0-8, Linn 1-4-7, Johnston 1-0-2, MacDonald 7-4-19, Hynes 2-0-5, Cummins 6-1-13. Totals: 22-12-62.
Greely 5 22 13 6 � 46
York 10 21 23 8 � 62
3-point field goals: Greely 8. (Butler 6, Walker, Gabloff), York 6 (Coughlin 2, Donovan, Linn, MacDonald, Hynes)