’Canes find no charity at the stripe
Perry Traditional (64) Vs. New Castle (53)
Dec 11, 2009
By RON PONIEWASZ JR.
Foul shooting can play a factor in a basketball game.
It did last night for the New Castle High boys basketball team.
The Red Hurricane converted just 13 foul shots in 30 attempts, dropping a 64-53 verdict to Perry Traditional Academy in the New Castle Tipoff Tournament.
“That’s just not us,” New Castle coach Mark Stanley said. “How frustrating is that? Come on.
“You have to step up and shoot them. When you shoot them at practice, you take them seriously. They’re freebies. It’s frustrating when you don’t knock them down. If we make half of them, this game is a lot closer and it’s a different game down the stretch.”
The ’Canes will meet Farrell at 2 p.m. today in the consolation contest. The Steelers dropped a 38-33 verdict to Altoona. Perry Traditional Academy will square off against Altoona at 6 p.m. for the championship.
New Castle was just 7 of 19 from the foul line in the pivotal second half.
“We had a lot of dumb fouls,” Commodores assistant coach Chuck Linhart said. “At the last minute we almost went to a zone but we stayed with man.”
Linhart was coaching because Perry Traditional Academy head coach Marco Corona was absent most of the week with a family illness. Corona expects to return to the bench today.
Stanley knows despite his team’s youth they will have to stay mentally focused.
“All I want from them is to come out and play hard,” he said. “I don’t care about the scoreboard, as long as we’re playing hard and they’re learning we’ll be fine.”
Sophomore guard Corey Eggleston paced the ’Canes with a career-high 20 points — 10 coming in each half. Eggleston is the team’s leading scorer from a season ago with 112 points in 23 games.
“I thought Corey played well in the first half,” Stanley said. “We have to get him some breaks in there somewhere.
“He has the game experience; he’s been there. He should be able to take over at times for us and help the young guys get through things.”
Marquale May followed Eggleston’s effort with 14 markers.
Perry Traditional Academy scored the game’s first nine points and held a 13-4 lead before New Castle made its move. The ’Canes closed the quarter on an 11-3 run to close to 16-15.
“Every good team makes a run and we knew they would make a run,” Linhart said.
The ’Canes took their only lead of the game at 18-16 on a 3-pointer by Eggleston 42 seconds into the second quarter. However, Greg McGhee ignited a 14-2 run with a field goal at the 5:11 mark. McGhee netted seven points during the run.
McGhee tossed in a game-high 23 points — 14 of which coming in the first half.
“He’s quick,” Stanley said of McGhee. “I don’t think anyone will stay in front of him.
“I don’t think our help defense is very good. If you’re going to have a good help defense and you’re getting beat off the dribble, somebody has to be there. If they’re going down the lane free, we have to have someone come up and square their chest and take the charge.”
New Castle last won its tournament in the 2004-05 season.
“If we go 0-3 and beat (section opponent) Hopewell, that’s a great start,” Stanley said. “If we go 3-0 and lose to Hopewell that’s not the start we really want.
“We have to get better and focus. I want to win our tournament and everyone’s tournament. But, the main focus is (today’s) game. We have to keep our heads above water and that’s what I’m looking for.”