Walker, Mauras power Reading downs Chester

Lonnie Walker (above) dropped 30 points in the win. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

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By Josh Verlin

As usual, Temple’s Liacouras Center was a sea of red for a big-time basketball game.

Except it wasn’t the Owls that had fans packing the lower bowl of the 10,000-seat facility on Saturday afternoon.

It was Reading’s Red Knights that were the main draw, a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal matchup against fellow state high school powerhouse Chester drawing thousands of spectators to North Broad Street.

And even though the Reading players know how much they mean to the community surrounding one of the biggest schools in the state, walking out into that supportive crowd with Chester only half the distance away set the tone.

“That’s really surprising, knowing it’s all the way out in Philly,” senior guard Khary Mauras said. “We look up in the stands and see all our supporters and it’s great–but once the game starts, we just focus on what’s between the lines.”

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