But when the second half began, it was an entirely new York that took the court for the Magic; as he scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half, including 11 of those points in a five minute stretch to squeak out a victory.
He admits that while the lack of success with his jump shot was discouraging, he got a little boost from his opponents and the officials.
In the coming days following the end of the Compton Magic Memorial Day Tournament in Carson, CA, the 6-foot-2 combo guard will make an announcement regarding which schools he'll continue with in the recruiting process moving forward.
"I cut my list down to about 10," York said. "Obviously I need to cut it down more, but as of right now it's at 10." One school that is on that list is Arizona, who despite a late start in his recruitment will be given a chance to keep pursuing the Orange (Calif.) Lutheran prospect.
"Arizona will be in my list," York said. "I like their coaches, and the way they run up and down fast paced. They have a really hard schedule and great strength of schedule. They really are guard heavy so they take care of their guards."
Although UA made his list, York admits that they'll be playing from behind a bit since they started the process with him so late; but also that he likes what he hears so far.
"They have a lot of ground to make up," York said. "They started talking to me my freshman year and ended up stopping. They have a about a year and a half to make up, but we'll see what happens. They're on my list though so I think it can be done.
"I've only gotten three calls so far, one from Sean Miller and the other from the assistant coaches. They tell me they're really in need of a guard and they need a combo guard who can come in right away and score and do different things. It all sounds good, I just want to make sure it's true."
While Arizona attempts to make up ground, York will move forward with the process and has plans to visit a few schools in the coming weeks.
"At the end of June I'm going to go to Marquette and Notre Dame and hopefully also Washington," York said. "I was talking to Arizona and they were saying they want to get me down at the end of June. Arizona will definitely get a visit."
Even with a trimmed down list and several visits in the works, it is still not exactly clear to York when his final decision will be made.
"The early signing period is in October, I don't know if I'll be ready by then, but every coach wants me to be," York said. "If not by October then it will be after high school basketball."