New Castle wins in Florida
New Castle (76) Vs. Cypress Creek - Boys (66)
Dec 14, 2012
The New Castle High boys basketball team didn’t leave its game in Pennsylvania.
The Red Hurricane cruised to a 77-66 decision over Cypress Creek (Fla.) in an opening-round matchup of the KSA Tournament in Orlando, Fla. last night.
That doesn’t mean New Castle coach Ralph Blundo liked what he saw.
“We were sluggish out there,” he said. “We didn’t play great to be honest. Fortunately for us, we played well enough to win the game.”
New Castle is set to play Anchorage Christian (Ark.) at 9:45 a.m. today in the championship game.
Blundo believes the long day contributed to his team’s unfocused play.
“We had a travel day Wednesday and we didn’t get to practice,” he said. “(Yesterday) we spent a lot of time at Universal Studios and I thought we were lacking.”
Fouls were a major culprit for Blundo’s disdain as the Bears were sent to the free-throw stripe 35 times.
“The game didn’t have a lot of flow to it,” he said. “We had four players who had four fouls each on them.”
Shawn Anderson notched a game-high 23 points for New Castle including 6 of 8 from the foul line.
“He definitely stepped up,” Blundo said. “He came up big in the third and fourth quarters.”
New Castle jumped out to a 41-22 advantage by halftime with 28 points coming in the second quarter.
Malik Hooker scored 16 points for the winners. Drew Allen was next with 12. Brandon Domenick posted 11 markers for the ’Canes, including a team-high three 3-pointers.