Millionaires Survive Thriller 56-55

Ken Myers

Ken Myers

By Ken Myers

Williamsport, PA-The rivalry between the Williamsport Millionaires and the State College Little Lions is a middle aged one being played since 1961. The Millionaires have dominated the series winning 65 of the 89 games played in the series coming into tonight. This includes a 31 game winning streak by the Millionaires between 1984 and 2002 and an 8 game winning streak by the Little Lions between 2003 and 2006. What would game #90 in this series be like?

It turned out to be a thriller as Jadiah Lynch drove the length of the court and scored with 5.2 seconds left in the game ro give the Millionaires a hard fought 56-55 win over the Little Lions tonight at the Williamsport Area High School Gymnasium. The Millionaires are now 17-3, while the Little Lions fall to 12-7.

Dontahe Jordan again led the Millionaires in scoring with 13 points. Isaiah Twine and Jadiah Lynch each added 10 points for the Millionaires. Jamar Smack paced the Little Lions with 27 points, while Ashton Baker added 11.

Ashton Baker would get the Little Lions on the board with a basket 29 seconds into the contest. Isaiah Twine tied it up for the Millionaires 16 seconds later. Then the Millionaires offense went cold allowing the Little Lions to go on a 7-0 run and keeping the Millionaire offense scoreless for 3:22. The Millionaires would fight back eventually going ahead on two foul shots by Codie Engel with 24.0 seconds left in the first period. After the opening period, the Millionaires were ahead 15-14. The Millionaire faithful were concerned because the Millionaires were missing easy shots like the previous meeting vs the Little Lions in State College on 12/23/08.

The second period was more of the same for the Millionaires and the Little Lions. Both teams would hold the lead, but neither team could dominate and put the other away. At halftime, the Millionaires led 28-25. One could only wonder what Little Lion coach Drew Frank and Millionaire coach Allen Taylor said to their teams at halftime.

Apparently what coach Frank said to his team worked as the Little Lions outscored the Millionaires 15-8 in the third period. They had another 7-0 run in the third period holding the Millionaires scoreless for 3:45. At the turn for home, the Little Lions led 40-36. They were dreaming of a major upset, while the Millionaires were hoping to pull it out in the end.

In the final period, the Little Ions would increase their lead to their largest margin of 6 points. That would wake the Millionaires up from their siesta. They would fight back to retake the lead several times in the fourth period. After 2 foul shots by Dom Mills put the Little Lions ahead 55-54 with 10.6 seconds left in the game, Millionaire coach Allen Taylor called a timeout to draw up a game winning play. It turned out successful as Jadiah Lynch drove the length of the floor and scored with 5.2 seconds left in the game to seal the Millionaire victory. As the final horn sounded, the Millionaire bench ran on the floor in triumph, while the Little Lions could only stare at the scoreboard in disbelief. There were 15 lead changes and 8 ties in the game tonight.

In JV action, the Millionaires had an easier time than the varsity beating the Little Lions 69-40. Thomas Burk led the way with 12 points, while Martin Kieser added 10.

The next game for the Millionaaires is Thursday when they make the 1/2 hour trip to Mill Hall in Clinton County to take on the Central Mountain Wildcats. Game times are the same as usual.

Linescore of the game:

State College: 14-11-15-15=55
Williamsport: 15-16-8-20=56

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