Pine-Richland prepares to take on Lonnie Walker-led Reading

By Will Slover

The PIAA 6A state tournament has been anything but easy for the Rams of Pine-Richland.

Lonnie Walker (above) and Reading will provide a formidable opponent for Pine-Richland in the 6A championship. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

From their 83-82 win in the opening round over Latrobe back on March 11, to their 65-60 semifinal win over Carlisle on March 21, the last couple week of basketball have been constant battles for the Gibsonia-based squad.

Pine-Richland’s road to a PIAA 6A state title will certainly not get any easier, as after winning four games in 10 days to get to the championship game, the Rams will be paired up with the Red Knights of Reading High School on Saturday night at Hershey’s Giant Center to see who will take hoisting the ultimate prize from Pennsylvania’s largest classification.

Rick Perez’s Red Knights are led by Miami (Fl.) commit Lonnie Walker, who poured in 35 points in Reading’s 57-51 triumph over Archbishop Ryan in the semifinals.

The 6-foot-5 super-athletic Walker presents a problem for every team he plays against, as his great success in his senior season has earned him the right to play in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic once the season concludes, but Pine-Richland plans on being ready for everything the five-star recruit and the rest of his talented teammates bring to the table.

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