The way in which a team closes out quarters can go a long way in determining whether that team wins the game.

Delone Catholic High finished all four quarters with a flourish and easily defeated Hanover, 73-40, in YAIAA Division IV boys' basketball action on Friday on Senior Night at the Hawk House in Hanover.

The Squires used runs of 10-3, 14-5, 8-2 and 12-0 to outscore the Nighthawks 44-10 over the last four minutes of each frame.

"They finished every quarter very well," Hanover head coach Nathan Myers said. "I didn't think we played bad tonight, but give them a lot of credit. They are well-coached, very intense and very well organized."

Delone (13-7, 11-2 YAIAA IV) took a 38-21 lead to the locker room before Hanover started the third quarter with an 11-5 spurt and sliced the deficit to 43-32 on Nick Trish's 3-pointer with 3:16 left in the frame.

An 8-2 run by the Squires restored their lead to 17 heading for the final stanza and they pulled away from there by outscoring the hosts 22-6 in the fourth quarter.

"I thought that whenever we ran an offensive set, that we ran it right," Delone head coach Jim Dooley said. "What I liked tonight is that we played hard, we played smart and we played together."

"All of our guys played well tonight."

Hanover (12-9, 6-8) kept it close early and trailed 8-7 midway through the opening quarter, before Squire sophomore Jake Wiles entered from the bench and buried back-to-back trifectas to stretch the advantage to 14-7. The guest led 18-10 after the first quarter.

Wiles got things started for the visitors in the second quarter with a floater in the lane after beating his man off the dribble.

Consecutive hoops by Hanover sophomore Dylan Krieger midway through the quarter cut the lead to 24-16 before Delone ran off 14 of the last 19 to end the quarter.

Hanover’s Dylan Krieger drives toward the basket as Delone’s Billy Kilkelly tries to take control of the ball during Friday night’s game.
Hanover's Dylan Krieger drives toward the basket as Delone's Billy Kilkelly tries to take control of the ball during Friday night's game. (The Evening Sun - Clare Becker)

The Squires employed a 1-3-1 halfcourt trap to end the half. The trap created turnovers and allowed Delone to score some easy buckets.

Delone had four players in double figures, led by Devon Moore's 17. Tanner Orndorff put in 13 and Wiles and Andrew Austin chipped in 12. However, Myers was most impressed by Squire senior point guard Brett Smith, who scored eight points and had seven rebounds.

"Smith is phenomenal, the way he runs that team," Myers said. "His command of the game is unbelievable and I'm not at all disappointed that he'll graduate this spring. We've had to deal with him for the last four years."

The winners shot 27-of-53 (51 percent) from the field and turned the ball over just eight times. Meanwhile, the Nighthawks shot 17-of-44 (39 percent) and had 20 turnovers.

Trish paced Hanover with 11 points, while Krieger had 10.

The win, Delone's fifth consecutive, comes on the heels of a three-game losing streak that the Squires endured during mid-January.

"We had a miserable week a couple of weeks ago," Dooley said. "It was during finals week, and we had to play three games. We played poorly and our practices were even worse.

"I think we've been playing very well for the past two weeks, though."
   Smith 4 0-0 8, Devon Moore 5 7-8 17, Jake Wiles 5 0-0 12, Andrew Austin 5 2-3 12, Tanner Orndorff 3 7-10 13, Kilkelly 2 0-0 4, Altland 2 1-2 5, O'Boyle 0 0-0 0, Ames 0 0-1 0, Staub 1 0-0 2, Kuhn 0 0-0 0, Markle 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 17-24 73.
   Nick Trish 3 3-5 11, Krout 2 0-0 4, Goodfellow 2 0-0 4, Dylan Krieger 5 0-0 10, Sheaffer 1 0-0 2, Vogel 2 0-0 5, Rhodes 0 0-0 0, Brown 1 0-0 2, Gonzalez 1 0-0 2, Williams 0 0-0 0, Reichart 0 0-0 0, Peterman 0 0-0 0, McQueen 0 0-0 0, Bosserman 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 3-5 40. 
Delone Catholic   18  20  13  22 -- 73
Hanover   10  11  13    6 -- 40
   3-point goals -- Delone Catholic 2 (Wiles 2); Hanover 3 (Trish 2, Vogel ).
   JV score -- Delone Catholic, 49-40.