‘Canes hold off Beaver for 11th triumph
New Castle (62) Vs. Beaver (51)
Jan 13, 2017
BEAVER — Balance was the key for the New Castle High boys basketball team Friday night.
The Red Hurricane placed four players in double figures, led by Geno Stone with 20 points, in a 62-51 WPIAL Section 2-4A road win over Beaver.
Geno Stone scored a team-high 20 points and Marcus Hooker chipped in with 16. Gino DeMonaco delivered 12 tallies and Te'Quawn Stewart tossed in 11.
"We've had a bunch of different guys score in double figures; that's a good thing," said seventh-year New Castle coach Ralph Blundo. "It's not going to get easier. It's only going to get harder from here on out."
The 'Canes (6-0 section, 11-1 overall), who are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class 4A by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, won their previous four games by an average of 28 points. Blundo acknowledged the importance of his team being in a tight game on the road.
"The section games are going to be that way," he said. "It's going to be like that against the likes of a Blackhawk, a Central Valley and a Quaker Valley.
"Section games will be close. The players are good and the coaches are good."
New Castle led 18-9 after one quarter and 37-27 at the break. The Bobcats (2-4, 5-7) cut the deficit to 49-42 going to the final frame.
Stone was 7 of 11 from the field with nine rebounds and five assists. Hooker was 7 of 9 from the floor with a game-best 15 rebounds.
"Geno took what came to him. He made some perimeter shots and some big ones," Blundo said. "Marcus plays with great energy. He's a quality athlete; I'm pleased with how he played."
Beaver's Darius Wise, who came in averaging 28 points, was limited to 16 markers.
"You try to do the best you can to stay in front of him and get the ball out of his hand a little bit," Blundo said. "Going to the hole, he's tough to guard. I was pleased with the job we did."
New Castle returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts section rival Beaver Falls (4-2, 6-4) to close out the first half of league play.
"It's Beaver Falls and New Castle. There's really nothing else to say," Blundo said of the matchup. "We have two days to prepare and we have to make them count. We know what they bring to the table."