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'Canes get big road victory
New Castle (54) Vs. Hopewell (33)
Nothing was going to slow down New Castle last night.

Not a snowy bus trip or the hangover from a blowout home loss to Central Valley — and especially not Hopewell.

The Red Hurricane swept through Hopewell, 54-33, for a WPIAL Section 2-AAA victory.

New Castle (3-1 section, 7-4 overall) dominated the first half and led 32-15 at intermission. Three players scored in double figures for the ’Canes, who improved to 2-2 on the road this season.

“That was really important,” New Castle coach Ralph Blundo said of the road victory. “Regardless of what happened last week, to get a road win in this section is always enormous. But to bounce back and show the resiliency they did to beat a team on the road and play as hard as they did in front of about 30 people speaks volumes of them. I’m proud of them for that.”

Corey Eggleston scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first two quarters. Hopewell (1-3, 3-7) made a 7-0 run midway through the third quarter to cut the lead to 10, but Anthony Richards hit one of the ’Canes’ seven 3-pointers to end the drought. Brandon Domenick, who finished with 13 points, netted four 3-pointers, and Eggleston sank two. The long-range shooting was how New Castle broke down the Vikings’ zone defense.

“We executed really well out of the gate,” Blundo said. “Corey and Brandon made a few 3s and our energy was real high. The combination of both of them shooting well really hurt their zone and got us going. We were able to extend them a little bit and force them to come out and guard us. From there, we continued to execute and just took what they gave us.”

Shawn Anderson contributed 12 points, four rebounds and three assists for New Castle, which hosts section-leading Blackhawk (3-0, 7-3) on Friday. The Cougars are ranked No. 3 in the WPIAL in Class AAA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
New Castle 22 10 13 9 0 54
Hopewell 9 6 10 8 0 33
Box Scores
NEW CASTLE (54)
Shawn Anderson 5 2-4 12
Brandon Domenick 4 1-3 13
Antonio Rudolph 0 0-0 0
Jermaine Cuffie 0 0-0 0
Corey Eggleston 6 6-7 20
Anthony Richards 2 2-4 7
Johnny Matarazzo 0 0-0 0
Malik Hooker 1 0-1 2.
Totals: 18 11-19 54.

HOPEWELL (33)
Rushel Shell 3 0-6 6
Nolan Harmotto 2 4-6 8
Christian Farris 3 0-0 6
Bryce Smith 1 0-2 2
Mike Lindsey 1 1-2 3
David Warren 2 4-4 8.
Totals: 12 9-20 33.

NEW CASTLE 22 10 13 9 — 54
HOPEWELL 9 6 10 8 — 33
3-point goals — New Castle 7 (Domenick 4, Eggleston 2, Richards 1).
JV score: New Castle 25, Hopewell 19. High scorer: NC — Jesse Salzano 13.
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