Millionaires Destroy Spartans 100-64

The Top Hats - Williamsport Millionaires

The Top Hats - Williamsport Millionaires

By Ken Myers
Williamsport, PA – The Williamsport Millionaires Boys Basketball used an explosive offensive effort to detroy the Wyoming Valley West Spartans 100-64 tonight at the Williamsport Area High School Gymnasium. It was the home opener for the Millionaires and the first game for the Millionaires in a week due to Thursday’s game with Shamokin being postponed due to hazardous weather concerns.

The Millionaires (2-1) had 5 players in double figures led by Darryl Worthy with 21 points off the bench including 3 3 pointers and a 6-6 effort at the foul line. Sean Ruane added 14, Codie Engel added 12 off the bench, Shariff Monroe added 11 off the bench, and Isaiah Twine added 10. The Spartans (1-3) were led by Ali Muhammed with 16 points, Eugene Lewis with 14, and Jack Crossin with 13.

Thomas James opened the scoring for the Millionaires with a bucket 30 seconds into the game. Jack Crossin answered back with a 3 pointer to give the Spartans a 3-2 lead. Ali Muhammed added a basket to give the Spartans a 5-2 lead. The Spartans would hold the lead for 5:09 in the first period before Sean Ruane hit a bucket to put the Millionaires up 14-13. The Spartans would answer back for their last lead at 15-14, then the Millionaire offense exploded on a 13-0 run that lasted into the first part of the second period.

The Millionaires took the lead for good on a basket by Darryl Worthy with 1:30 left in the opening stanza. The Millionaires scored the final 11 points of the period, and Spartans head coach Chris Sload could only look on in disbelief as the Millionaires led 25-15 after the first period.

The second period was more of the same for the Millionaires. After the Spartans ended the Millionaires’ 13-0 run with a bucket by Dave Hampton with 6:15 left in the first half, the Millionaires went on a 14-0 run holding the Spartans scoreless for 4:18. For all intents and purposes, the game was over, and the Spartans were probably wishing that they could have jumped back on their school bus for the 1:30 ride back to Plymouth. At halftime, the score was 46-22 in favor of the Millionaires.

The second half was similar to an NBA game as the Millionaires outscored the Spartans 54-42. The Millionaires would steadily increase their huge lead to as high as 38 points in the final period, and the only question among the crowd was whether the game would end under the mercy rule and whether the Millionaires would hit 100 points.

The mercy rule did not come into effect due to a 12-0 run by the Spartans in the final period. By that time, Millionaire coach Allen Taylor emptied his bench. As for the 100 point mark, the Millionaires hit 100 with 22.4 seconds left in the game on 2 foul shots by Darryl Worthy. That brought the house down.

In JV action, the Millionaires avenged a poor effort vs Hughesville Wednesday night by destroying the Spartans 83-41 in a game that was played under the mercy rule for the final 1:15.. Thomas Burk and Blake Adams led 4 Millionaires in double figures with 14 points each. Travis Kerschner added 12, and Donte Marks added 10. Nobody scored in double figures for the Spartans; Kyle Jenkins and Jim Smicherko paced the Spartans with 8 points each.

The next game for the Millionaires is Tuesday, 12/16/08, when the Crestwood Comets make the trip from Mountain Top to Williamsport. Start times are the same as usual.

Linescore of the game:

Wyoming Valley West: 15-7-22-20=64
Williamsport Area: 25-21-32-22=100

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