Boys basketball

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:30 PM
Manheim Township at Reading High (Boys basketball)
 1st Qtr2nd Qtr3rd Qtr4th QtrFinal
Manheim Township171391049
Reading High1016161557
Highlights: Xavier Starks scored 15 points and Wesley Butler 14 as Reading High battled back from an 11-point, first-half deficit to defeat Manheim Township 57-49 at Giant Center in a District 3 Class 6A semifinal.

Reading (23-4) will face third-seeded Chambersburg (19-4) in the championship game Saturday at 12:30 at Giant Center.

The top-seeded Red Knights led just 47-45 with 3:38 to go but pulled away in the final two minutes by hitting 8-of-9 free throws.

Ricki Lopez hit 4-of-5 in the final 1:16.

R.J. Dixon finished with 12 points for Reading.

Tyler Crespo scored 15 points for Township before fouling out in the final minute.

Manheim Township built an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter.

Reading closed the second half on a rush, pulling within 30-26 on Butler’s short jumper with five seconds left.

Dixon kept the Knights close in the first half, scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting.

The Blue Streaks took control late in the first half, using a 9-0 run to take a 17-8 lead. They led 17-10 after the first period.

The Red Knights are in the championship game for the 26th time, looking for their 21st title overall and fifth in 15 years.

They won it in 2016, when Lonnie Walker IV was a junior, but were knocked out in the semifinals last year.

They also won district championships in 2010, 2018, and 2004.

Reading clinched its 43rd trip to the PIAA Tournament with a quarterfinal round victory over Dallastown.

For a complete report read Mike Drago's story in the print edition of the Reading Eagle or on-line at

Manheim Township Stats
Crespo, 41557293315
Mellott, 480001718
Ridley, 024401334
Oldac, 3657024011
Vicidomini, 340100606
Mulcavage, 010000200
Mann, 110000002
Sachs, 120011113
Totals 1639141931428849
Reading High Stats
Dixon, R.J. 1 4622234112
Starks, Xavier 2 41344376115
Butler, Wesley 3 61322025414
Colter, Daniel 12 030000210
Lopez, Ricki 24 024500204
Heath, Bobby 5 110111103
Wingo, Larry 11 373302109
Whitfield, Kahari 20 000000000
Mato, Juan 31 000000000
Totals 1845151761523757