Locals Split Millionaire Showcase

Ken Myers

Ken Myers

By Ken Myers

Williamsport, PA-The Williamsport Showcase has been known for some thrilling games over the years. Williamsport athletic director Sean McCann brings in 1 local team and 2 out of town teams, and it is a preparation for state playoffs.

Last night’s games were no different as there were 2 thrillers at the Williamsport Area High School gym. In game 1, Shaq Shannon hit a 30 foot 3 poiner at the buzzer to lead the Communications & Technology Phoenix over the Hughesville Spartans 62-61, while in the nightcap, the Williamsport Millionaires edged the White Plains Tigers 56-55.

The Phoenix (16-3) has 4 players in double figures led by Lijah Thompson with 11 points. Sherm Blanford, Shaq Shannon, and Raheem Roher each added 10. For the Spartans (13-4), They were led by Brian Gerney and Greg Taggert with 16 points each. Rezin Davis added 12 for the Spartans.

The bench was the key in scoring for the Millionaires (14-2) as Shariff Monroe led the way with 14 points. Darryl Worthy added 10. Nick Catsumpas led the Tigers (9-8) with 17 points including 12-12 from the foul line. Darrell Ward added 16 for the Tigers.

Sean Ruane opened the scoring for the Millionaires 20 seconds into the game. The Millionaire faithful didn’t realize it, but it would be Ruane’s only 2 points of the game. Lawrence Pope would tie things up for the Tigers, then the Tigers would take the lead on 2 foul shots by Nick Cutsumpas. The Millionaires would fight back and regain the lead on a bucket by Isaiah Twine with 4:55 left in the opening stanza. The Millionaires would increase their lead, but the Tigers would hang close. After the opening frame, the Millionaires led 19-10.

The Millionaires kept their offense going in the second period outscoring the Tigers 18-17. The biggest lead for the Millionaires during the period was 12 points, but they still could not put the Tigers away. At halftime, the Millionaires led 37-27.

Whatever Millionaire coach Allen Taylor told his troops at halftime apparently fell on deaf ears as the Millionaires offense went comatose in the third period only scoring 7 points. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run holding the Millionaires scoreless for 4:25. Dontahe Jordan would finally score for the Millionaires to break the run. The Phoenix would cut the deficit as low as 3 points during the period, and at the turn for home, the Millionaires led 44-40. Millionaire fans were definitely worried.

The final period was the same as the third for the Tigers. They went on another 7-0 run in the fourth period holding the Millionaires scoreless for 5:32. This led to the Tigers regaining the lead for the first time since early in the first period on 2 foul shots by Darrell Ward with 5:12 left in the game. Millionaire coach Allen Taylor had seen enough and put his second unit in to stop the bleeding. It worked. The Millionaires would regain the lead for good on a bucket by Shariff Monroe with 1:50 left in the game. Monroe would score the final 5 points of the game to sew it up for the Millionaires. Nick Cutsumpas would hit a 3 pointer at the horn for the Tigers, but it was too late.

The district 3 officiating crew almost wore out their whistles with the amount of fouls called. The Millionaires were whistled for 22 fouls, and the Tigers were called for 24 fouls with one of their players fouling out. Both teams wore a path to the foul line; the Millionaires were 21-31, while the Tigers were 22-30.

There was no JV game last night. The next game for the Millionaires will be Monday, 2/2/09, when Ron Insinger brings his Loyalsock Township Lancers across town for a local rivalry game. Game times are the same as usual.

Linescore of game 1:

Communications & Technology: 13-17-15-22=62
Hughesville: 18-17-13-13=61

Linescore of game 2:

White Plains: 10-17-13-15=55
Williamsport: 19-18-7-12=56

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