The Reading High Red Knights and the Steel High Steam Rollers have a long history of battling it out on the basketball court . Wednesday night in an opening round game of the Reading Holiday Basketball Tournament they faced off once again. After a fairly close first half, Reading broke things wide open down the stretch. The Red Knights pulled away from the Rollers 65-35. Reading faces off in the Championship game on Thursday with nationally known Dunbar from Baltimore. Dunbar defeated Downingtown East in a very entertaining early game 54-43.
The Butler did it for Reading High Wednesday night. Wesley Butler that is. Wesley led Reading High with 18 points. All of Butler’s points came in the second half. RJ Dixon chipped in with a 15 point effort. The Rollers has a tough shooting night especially from beyond the arc. Leading scorer for Steel High was Jelani Isom with 11.
It was a very slow start to the contest. Midway through quarter one only six points had been scored, and Reading only held a 10-8 advantage after one. Neither team could get into an offensive flow in quarter two Reading was up by as many as seven, but the Rollers came back to close the deficit to 22-17 at half.
Whether it was stellar D or cold shooting, the Red Knights gradually moved the lead to 38-26 after three. In the fourth quarter Reading really turned on its patented 94 foot pressure D. The Rollers were no match, and Reading ran off and hid in the final quarter to make the final a lopsided 65-35 triumph.
Reading faces Dunbar(Md.) tomorrow in the Championship game. Steel High faces a very good Downingtown East on the consolation.