Center rallies to edge 'Canes
Central Valley (60) Vs. New Castle (58)
Jan 13, 2010
The New Castle High boys basketball team let another one get away.
Center’s Trevor George buried a game-winning 25-footer at the buzzer for a 60-58 WPIAL Section 2-AAA win over the Red Hurricane last night.
New Castle (1-4 section, 2-10 overall) held an eight-point lead with just under two minutes to go. The ’Canes squandered a 13-point fourth-quarter lead on Saturday in a 52-50 loss to section rival Blackhawk.
“That’s two in a row that got away,” New Castle coach Mark Stanley said. “We have to find a way to get it done.
“We have to get back to work and not let this thing get away. We’re still alive for the playoffs and I feel we’re as good as anybody.”
Corey Eggleston netted 12 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter. He split a pair of foul shots with nine seconds left to cut the Trojans’ lead to 57-56. The ’Canes stole the ball and made a layup to go up 58-57.
Center quickly inbounded the ball, hit George with a pass and he fired in the game-winner.
“Losses are always tough; we have to look at the positives,” Stanley said. “It’s always darkest before dawn, but we’ll see the light.
“These last two games were tough losses. But we’ve proven we can play with anyone.”
Marquale May contributed 20 points for the ’Canes, seven of which coming in the fourth quarter.
“We’re looking for May and Eggleston to step up and they did that,” Stanley said. “We need some other guys to score, too. Right now, they’re carrying the scoring load.”
Lucas Turley led the Trojans (3-1, 6-3) with 23 markers.
New Castle returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday when Mars invades the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House for a nonsection matchup.
“I think it will be good to have a nonsection game,” Stanley said. “Hopefully it will give us a chance to get back on our feet.”