Millionares Have Easy One With Red Knights

The Top Hats - Williamsport Millionaires

The Top Hats - Williamsport Millionaires

By Ken Myers
York, PA – After a close first half, the Williamsport Millionaires opened things up in the second half to beat the Reading Red Knights 84-67 in the opening game of the Gettle & Veltri Bearcat Classic at William Penn High School in York tonight.  The Millionaires are now 1-0, while the Red Knights fall to 0-1.  The Millionaire win also spoiled the debut of Reading coach Tim Redding who was appointed Red Knights coach in November after the summer time resignation of Richard Reyes due to conflict with collegiate courses.

The Millionaires had 5 players in double figures led by Isaiah Twine with 19 points.  Dontahe Jordan and Shariff Monroe each added 15,  Jadiah Lynch added 12, and Sean Ruane added 11 for the Millionaires.  Trenity Burdine led the Red Knights and all scorers with 21 points, while Marcus Dawkins and Yamil Echavarria each added 13 and 10 points respectively.  It was the first meeting between the Millionaires and the Red Knights since January of 2005 when Reading refused to renew the contract to play the Millionaires.


The game got off to a goofy start as the officials lined both teams up wrong for the center tap.  The Millionaires won the tap but lost control of the ball out of bounds.  The Red Knights then inbounded the ball, and Trenity Burdine then shot the ball into the basket that the Red Knights were supposed to be defending.  After a short conference between the officials and the scorers to explain things, a team basket was awarded to the Millionaires to give them the lead 2-0 20 seconds into the game.  Definitely not something seen everyday at the varsity basketball level.  The Red Knights would tie it up 10 seconds later, then the Millionaires would regain the lead on a 3 pointer by Shariff Monroe.

The Red Knights would fight back and eventually regained the lead on a basket by Xavier Mumford with 5:42 left in the opening stanza.  That was the last time the Red Knights had the lead.  The Millionaires took the lead for good on a basket by Dontahe Jordan with 5:15 left in the opening stanza and never looked back.  There were 2 ties and 2 lead changes in the game.

The Millionaires steadily opened up the lead during the rest of the game reaching as high as 19 points.  The Red Knights had no answer to stop the Millionaires.  The game was also marred by scoreboard problems at the William Penn HS gym.  During the second period, the score and foul feature was not working on the board.  The clock was working on the board, so that made things a little crazy for the scorers for Williamsport and Reading.

The Millionaires face the York William Penn Bearcats in the championship of the Gettle & Veltri Bearcat Classic.  The Bearcats defeated the South Philadelphia Rams 78-62 in the second game of the tournament tonight.  The Rams will be playing Reading in the consolation at 6 pm Saturday, while the Millionaires and the Bearcats and the Millionaires follow at around 7:30.

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  • laury  On January 3, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Personally i believe it was there first game. I think they weren’t ready to play. Then having the officials screw up the center tap. When these boys are focused to win.. They have the basket in their mind and they are ready to aim. But then you switch them around like come on they should of gave us that point even though it would of never made a difference. At least we would of had i nice start and not a ruff one like we did. Which later on leads us to our defeat. But HEY look at us now..
    -Laury [RedKnightCheerLeader]

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