Altoona pounded, now 8-11

In the most recent PIAA Class AAAA high school boys basketball rankings by Michael Bullock, the Williamsport Millionaires ranked seventh.

The Millionaires visited Altoona for a matchup with Altoona Area High School and demonstrated to everyone in attendance they are legit.

Williamsport routed the Mountain Lions, 69-43, in a matchup between a pair of independent teams at the Altoona Fieldhouse.

“I told everyone last year that they were the best team we played all year,” Altoona coach Paul Hasson said. “Even with our tough schedule we play, they are the best team we played this year so far.”

The Millionaires came out and set the tone early, when Isaiah Washington, a junior 6-4 guard for Williamsport, sank a pair of treys in the first 2:45 of the first quarter.

After a Christopher Kinley layup, gave Williamsport an 8-2 lead, Brandon Lytle scored on a layup, cutting the Millionaires’ lead to just two. Following Jahad Thomas making one-of-two at the line, Altoona scored four of the next six points, with junior forwards Tony Acrie and Manny Span coming through.

Acrie scored on a putback of a teammate’s miss, and Span made a long jumper just inside the arc. The Millionaires scored the final four points of the quarter to up their lead to 15-8.

After Kinley scored the first four points of the second quarter, the Mountain Lions went on a 7-3 run over the next 90 seconds, with Lytle’s trey highlighting the run.

The run allowed the Mountain Lions to cut the deficit to just seven (22-15), which would be the smallest deficit they would have for the remainder of the game.

The most exciting play of the game came with 2:40 left in the second quarter, when Washington was on the receiving end of an alley oop, slamming it home to up the Millionaires’ lead to 26-15.

“They [Altoona] did a nice job of controlling the tempo in the first half,” Williamsport coach Allen Taylor said. “Their big guys did an outstanding job of playing physically. We expected that. I thought they did a great job of controlling our inside game in the first half.”

Span came out strong in the third quarter, scoring four field goals for eight of his team-high 14 points in the frame.

But besides Span’s points, the Mountain Lions scored just five additional points, with Givens scoring three and Acrie scoring the other bucket. The Millionaires began the fourth quarter by 14 of the first 18 points scored.

Williamsport benefited from five Altoona turnovers during that run. When Tyler Gardner scored the second of consecutive baskets with 1:07 remaining, it gave Williamsport it’s largest lead of the game at 29 points. David Simmons came off the bench to make a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws and helped make the final of 69-43.

“We played well in the first half, but they seemed to take it up a few notches in the second half,” Hasson said.

Altoona fell to 8-11 and plays Central Mountain Monday in hopes of winning its first game since DeShae Lee went down with an injury. It will be senior day that night.

Williamsport, now 17-3, plays Jersey Shore Monday in Williamsport.

WILLIAMSPORT (69): Washington 8 1-2 20, Thomas 8 1-4 17, Stelly 0 2-2 2, Gardner 2 0-0 4, Harris 1 0-0 2, Ross 2 0-0 4, Watson 2 0-0 4, Kinley 6 2-2 14, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Bashnick 0 0-0 0, Fedoriw 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 6-10 69.

ALTOONA (43): Simmons 1 2-2 5, Lytle 2 0-0 5, Dry 0 2-2 2, Hancock 0 0-0 0, Span 7 0-0 14, Acrie 3 0-0 6, Samuel 1 0-0 2, Givens 4 1-6 9, Pope 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 5-10 43.


Williamsport15 13 21 20 – 69

Altoona8 11 13 11 – 43

3-point field goals: Williamsport 3 (Washington 3); Altoona 2 (Simmons, Lytle).

Records: Williamsport (17-2); Altoona (8-11).

JV: Williamsport won 39-36. High scorers Boone, W, 20; Pope, A, 10.KLinly