Millionaires Hold Off Ironmen 65-54

Ken Myers

Ken Myers

By Ken Myers

Danville, PA-Nobody could fault the Williamsport Millionaires if they would come out flat against the Danville Ironmen. The Millionaires’ game vs Danville last night was the 4th road game in 7 nights for the Millionaires giving them a schedule similar to the old ABA of the late 1960s to the mid 1970s. Plus, the Millionaires had no real preparation time for the Ironmen.

The Millionaires outlasted a pesky Ironmen team 65-54 last night at the Whitey McCloskey Center at Danville High School. The Millionaires are now 13-2, while the Ironmen fall to 10-5.

Dontahe Jordan had another great outing for the Millionaires leading the way with 23 points. Sean Ruane added 12 for the Millionaires, and Jadiah Lynch added 11. Curtis Klein paced the way for the Itonmen with 26 points; 16 of them were in the first half. Mikel Owens-Wright added 11.

Jadiah Lynch started the scoring for the Millionaires 35 seconds into the game. The Ironmen would answer back on a basket by Jake Richardson 10 seconds later, then they would take the lead on a Curtis Klein basket. The Ironmen proved that they came to play with the Millionaires. The Millionaires would come back and eventually regain the lead, but then the Ironmen would go on a 11-0 run that extended into the second period also holding the Millionaires scoreless for 3:12. After the first period, the Ironmen led 18-11 shocking many of the Millionaire faithful that made the short 45 minute ride to Montour County.

The Millionaires would wake up in the second period outscoring the Ironmen 18-9 in the period. After several lead changes, the Millionaires would regain the lead for good on a Isaiah Twine basket at the halftime horn. As both teams headed to the locker room, the Millionaires led 29-27.

The Millionaires would continue their defensive pressure in the third period. They outscored the Ironmen 15-8 in the period, and they forced the Ironmen to come out of the 2-3 zone defense that was giving the Millionaires fits and play man to man defense. At the turn for home, the Millionaires led 44-34.

The Millionaires would break things open in the final period. They steadily increased their lead over the Ironmen after Danville cut the deficit as close as 8 points early in the period. The Millionaires would lead by as much as 15 points in the period before ending with the final margin of 11 points. There were 7 lead changes and 5 ties in the game.

In JV action, the Millionaires outlasted the Ironmen 46-36. Codie Engel led the Millionaires with 13 points, while Andrew Andreychik led the Ironmen with 10.

The next game for the Millionaires is this Saturday, 1/31/09, when the Millionaires take on White Plains out of Westchester County in New York in the nightcap of the Williamsport Showcase at the Williamsport Area High School gym. It will be the first home game for the Millionaires in 2 weeks, and it is scheduled to start around 7:30. The opener of the Showcase will be the Hughesville Spartans taking on the Communications & Technology Phoenix out of the Philadelphia Public League. That game will start at 6 pm. There will be no JV game this weekend.

Linescore of the game:

Williamsport:11-18-15-21=65
Danville: 18-9-7-20=54

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