New Castle News Story
New Castle boys cruise past Monessen
By Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
The New Castle High boys basketball team continues to roll.
The Red Hurricane erupted for 50 firsthalf points en route to a 77-29 nonsection victory over Monessen on Saturday at the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House.
Its the seventh straight win for the Red Hurricane (9-1). The Greyhounds (5-5), a Class A participant, came in ranked No. 3 in the WPIAL by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in their classification.
We were pretty good defensively, said New Castle coach Ralph Blundo. We made some shots early and really got out of the gate.
We had a really good lead after the first quarter and we forced them to play faster than they wanted to.
New Castle was 30 of 47 from the field, including 6 of 19 from behind the arc. Monessen was 12 of 42 from the field and just 2 of 11 from 3-point range.
A lot of it was we were able to force some turnovers and parlayed that into some easy layups, Blundo said. We took some high-percentage shots.
The Canes led 30-9 after one quarter and 50-16 at the half.
Robert Natale notched a game-high 13 points for New Castle. Marquel Hooker chipped in with 12 markers, eight rebounds and five assists. DMarqus Blanchard delivered 11 points.
Thirteen Canes competed in the lopsided win and 11 of them reached the scoring column.
Every now and then you get an opportunity to get your ninth, 10th and 11th man in the game and we took advantage of that opportunity, Blundo said. Its a good chance to watch them grow.
Justice Rice recorded 10 points to lead Monessen.
New Castle returns to action at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow when it hosts Section 2AAA foe Ambridge. The Canes (4-0 section) follow that up by hosting Beaver Falls at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
New Castle is tied for first with Beaver Falls and the Bridgers (3-1) are right behind.
This is a huge two-game stretch for us, Blundo said. Were focused on the days of practice and film study; thats where our mind is right now.
Ambridge is a really good team. Its going to be a great challenge for us. Its probably going to be the best team weve played all year.
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