2004/2005 Basketball Season
Canes knocked out of PIAA's 69-65
A very questionable technical foul call and a frenetic fourth quarter where the Canes held Mt. Lebanon to one field goal and outscored them 26-12 were the story-lines in the last game of the 2004/05 season for these Never Quit Canes.
New Castle had trailed by as many as nine in the first quarter but had narrowed the gap to three at the 2:00 minute mark. With the lead still at three and just 37 seconds left in the first period, Demetrius Searcy and a Blue Devil each got hold of a loose ball. The two struggled furiously for a matter of seconds when the Blue Devil became unattached from the ball and crashed to the floor. At that point, incredulously a referee called an Technical Foul on Searcy. Embarrassed by his horrific call, the referee then assessed a Technical Foul to Coach Sarandrea for Coachs clear and concise way of explaining the how wrong the referee was to have given Searcy a Technical.
Mt. Lebanon proceeded to make all four free throws and lead was back to seven, 15-8 as the quarter ended.
The lead had dropped to six, 22-16 at the 4:36 mark of the second quarter on a Tom Canal 'three' but the Canes didn't score again in the period until Chris Harvey scored at 1:51 to make the score 33-18. David Richards hit a 'three' before the half ended but the Hurricanes were losing by 18, 39-21 at intermission.
Richards scored five points to open the third quarter and narrow the gap to 13 but two quick baskets by Mt. Lebanon put the lead back at 18 at 5:40. The Blue Devils kept edging the lead up and after a three-point play held a 23 point lead on the Red Hurricanes with 54 seconds to play in the third period.
Spencer Lane hit a bucket and Anthony Harvey made a free throw to complete a three-point play and after three quarters the lead was again 18, 57-39.
New Castle has responded positively to several large deficit situations this season including the last game against Upper St. Clair but today the offense and defense were both ineffective making the task seem monumental but only to the fans.
The fourth quarter started and two new teams had taken the court. A New Castle team whos defensive effort completely shut down Mt. Lebanon and a Blue Devils team who couldnt respond to the Canes pressure.
New Castle scored 10 straight points in the quarter closing the gap to just eight points at the 4:07 mark.
Mt. Lebanon had missed four free throws during the stretch and finally made two at 3:21 for their first points of the period and push the lead back to 10.
Lane hit two free throws and Richard hit a three surrounding a Mt. Lebanon free throw and the lead was down to seven with 2:11 left to play.
Mt. Lebanon made one more free throw and Lane hit one and Richards made a lay-up and the lead was now just five with 1:30 left to go.
The Blue Devils got the lead back up to six on three free throws answered by only a lay-up by Chris Harvey. But Anthony Harvey then hit a three with 47 seconds to go and the score was 65-62.
The Canes put Mt. Lebanon right back to the free throw line and they made only one, to go up by three, but the Canes missed their next shot and were forced to foul again. Again the Blue Devils made only one of two but the lead was now five and only 19.4 seconds remained.
Anthony Harvey made a three with 10 seconds left to make it 67-65 but Mt.
Lebanon made two free throws to go up by four with four seconds to play and the cause was
Hurricanes boys get to play on - Upper St. Clair beats North Hills and drag Canes into
Lady Canes lose
to Mt. Lebanon 44-36
fall to #2 Upper St. Clair 57-49
likely to make PIAA playoffs even with a loss to Upper St. Clair
Dates, times & sites set for Canes' playoff games
70-38 over Seneca Valley
Lady Canes top
Seneca Valley 44-41 --
Fox Chapel 75-48 - to close within one game of first place
North Hills 76-63
Lady Canes fall to Pine-Richland 47-38 in battle of section leaders
Red Hurricanes' boys avenge loss to NA to stay perfect in Section 3 @ home 62-57 game story
Lady Canes top
North Allegheny in overtime
Red Hurricanes out last Fox Chapel 58-50
Lady Canes hunt down Foxes 48-39
Lady Canes win
Westinghouse Christmas Tourney - improve to 8-3 on the season
Red Hurricanes go to 9-3 with 54-48 win over Farrell for Christmas Tourney Championship
Canes beat Akron Central Hower 69-65 to earn a berth in the championship game of the Farrell Christmas Tourney, Tuesday night @ 7:30 pm against 8-1 Farrell Steelers Demetrius Searcy scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Canes. Anthony Harvey hit four 'threes' in the first half and David Richards hit two 'threes' in the fourth quarter.
Canes' boys slide to 1-3 in Section -- downed by North Hills 64-53 After leading at halftime by two, 29-27, the Hurricanes were out scored 24 to 12 in the third quarter to spell their demise.
Canes' girls drop second in a row - lose 41-38 at North Hills
Red Hurricanes lose to Pine-Richland 52-45
Lady Canes drop first Section game 47-33 at Pine-Richland Post-Gazette Story
Lancers no match for Hurricanes 78-60
Red Hurricanes stay unbeaten at home shutdown Shaler 58-49 game story
Lady Canes 2-0
in Section -beat Shaler 43-36
Hurricanes mauled by NA Tigers 59-42 for the season's first loss game story
Lady Canes take section opener on the road at North Allegheny 50-42 New Castle News story
Red Hurricanes' boys win on the road over Hampton 80-64 After trailing most of the first half the Canes were behind by only three at halftime. Defense again keyed the Canes they over took the Talbots and stayed undefeated at 5-0.
Lady Canes beat
District 10 power Erie McDowell 65-58 in OT to stay undefeated
Hurricanes' boys and girls both blast Beaver
Canes double up Wolverines 74-36 game story
Boys & Girls both claim Tip-off crowns
Red Hurricanes win Tip-off
opener 77-70 over Pittsburgh Perry game
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