Reading High boys basketball team loses in state semifinals

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The Reading Eagle –

James Jackson scored a game-high 32 points as top-ranked Allderdice pulled away in the second half for a 70-45 victory over Reading High in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal tonight at Chambersburg.The Red Knights (28-4) trailed by just a point at halftime but were overwhelmed on the boards 25-14 by the Dragons (28-1) in the second half. Allderdice advances to meet Roman Catholic in the state title game Saturday at Giant Center at 7.

The Dragons used a unique diamond-and-one defense to shut down Reading scoring leader Lonnie Walker IV. He didn’t make a field goal until the fourth quarter and finished with a season-low six points on just eight shots.“I said all along, I don’t mind losing to a team that’s better than us, and they’re better than us,” said Reading coach Rick Perez.

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