’Canes cruise past Ambridge
New Castle (73) Vs. Ambridge (30)
Jan 19, 2011
New Castle got off to a strong start and cruised to a Section 2-AAA win over Ambridge.
The Red Hurricane (5-1, 9-5) breezed to a 17-4 buffer after one period and 37-15 at the half over the Bridgers (0-6, 0-14).
“It was important to play well early,” New Castle coach Ralph Blundo said. “You don’t want to give them any reason to believe they can play with you.
“We got out of the gate pretty well and made a couple of runs to put it away early.”
Corey Eggleston netted a game-high 21 points for the ’Canes, 14 of which came in the first half. He added six assists and five steals as well. Brandon Domenick chipped in 11 markers.
“Corey did what he was supposed to do,” Blundo said. “He knew the guy guarding him would have a hard time guarding him and he took care of business as a junior leader would.”
Malik Walker led Ambridge with 13 points.
The ’Canes committed just 10 turnovers and played the entire fourth quarter with the junior varsity team on the floor.
“It’s nice to see those guys get some minutes,” Blundo said. “It’s not often you get an opportunity to give the junior varsity guys a chance to play an entire quarter. It’s good experience for them and I’m happy to see them play well.”
New Castle returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Allegheny (3-2, 7-6) in a section matchup. Dylan Bongiorni, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, will see his first action for the Indians since transferring from Burgettstown. The ’Canes won the first encounter, 73-57.
“Friday is an enormous section game for us,” Blundo said. “They’re on a roll right now and the game being at their place presents a great challenge for us.”
The ’Canes closed the opening half of section play in first place in the league by a half-game over Blackhawk (4-1, 8-5). New Castle beat Blackhawk on Friday, 74-58. The Cougars conclude the first half by entertaining West Allegheny tonight.