Canes top Perry to start season
Opening the season with only one returning starter, point guard David Richards, the Canes inexperience was evident throughout the first game of the 2004/2005 season, but New Castle was able to come from behind an grab the win 77-70 against perennial Tip-Off Tournament opponent Pittsburgh Perry.
The Canes looked good to start the game as Senior Demetrius Searcy scored on an inside move and the Canes then quickly stole the inbounds pass and Richards made the hoop and a free throw. After two quick Perry buckets Sophomore Anthony Harvey hit a three and the Hurricanes were up 8-4.
Searcy with two more baskets in the period, one from in close and one from outside kept the Canes ahead and after one quarter New Castle led 17-13.
Perry hit two free throws to start the second quarter to get back within two 17-15.
The Canes then went cold, helped by some increased defensive intensity from Perry, from both the field and the free throw line. New Castle made only two field goals and hit just five of 13 free throw attempts scoring only nine points in the quarter to trail at half time 34-26.
The Commodores were eight of eight from the free throw line in the second quarter.
New Castle went again to Searcy to start the offense as he hit a basket and was fouled to open the third quarter. He completed the three-point play and the Canes were back within five 34-29. Two more free throws by Perry spread the gap again to seven points.
Thats when Anthony Harvey, who showed flashes of tremendous ability and leadership, began trying to assert himself. Harvey several times in the third period took the ball and slashed to the hoop showing great explosiveness. Harvey energized the Hurricanes and New Castle held Perry scoreless for over a minute thirty of the period climbing back to within one, 37-36.
Perry then hit a three and a two to up the lead back to six, 42-36 at the 5:19 mark of the third quarter.
The Hurricanes didnt quit though and Searcy scored again and after a steal, Canal hit a three to again get the lead to just one, 42-41.
At that point the young Canes were again excited and 66" Searcy went high to block a Commodores shot. The referees however saw a foul on the play and a little too prolonged complaining by Seary drew a technical foul. Perry made three of the four free throws and then scored with the ensuing possession and the Commodores lead was back to six again, 47-41 at 3:55.
The Canes struggled the rest of the third quarter making only one field goal and hitting four of six free throws over the next three minutes and trailed by 11, 58-47 with five seconds left in the period.
Chris Harvey was then fouled and he made two free throws to get the score to 58-49 after three periods.
A combination of New Castle defense and the Commodores collapsing turned the tide quickly in the fourth period. Perry turned the ball over on their first possession and Canal was fouled on the dribble. With the Canes in the double bonus to begin the fourth quarter Canal went to the free throw line to shoot two. He made them both and the Canes trailed by seven.
Another Perry turnover led to another Searcy score and the lead was just five, 58-53 at 7:19.
Perry scored at 6:59 but Richards answered with a hoop at 6:15 and after another Commodores turnover Canal again went to the free throw line and again he made them both making the score 60-57.
Anthony Harvey running the point on the Canes 1-2-2 trap harried the Commodore point guard and the experienced Richards stepped in front of a Perry pass and went the length of the court to get the Canes back to within one 60-59 with 5:34 left to play.
After a Perry missed shot Anthony Harvey got the rebound and he went the length of the floor and was fouled driving to the hoop. He made both free throws and New Castle had the lead 61-60 at the 5:12 mark.
Perry then missed the front of a one-and-one and Anthony Harvey again scored putting New Castle up by three, 63-60.
Another Commodores miss was followed not-to-be-denied rebound by Junior Spencer Lane. Searcy then scored from inside giving the Hurricanes a five point lead at 4:02.
Perry made one free throw at 3:46 and no one scored again until Searcy hit a basket at 2:19 giving New Castle a 67-61 lead.
The Commodores then hit one free throw and fueled by a Red Hurricanes turnover and a missed shot Perry ran off five straight points and tied the game at 67with just 1:34 left to play.
A pass inside to Searcy led to two more points and following a Perry miss Lane was fouled. Lane made the first but missed the second, however the Canes gabbed the miss and Anthony Harvey was fouled. Harvey hit both free throws and the Canes lead was quickly back to five, 72-67 with just 55 seconds left.
Perry hit a basket at the 42 second mark but a basket by Lane and three of six free throw shooting by the Canes down the stretch were enough to hold off Perry 77-70.
Demetrius Searcy led New Castle with 24 points and 13 rebounds (8 offensive), on one play Searcy took a three point shot and missed. He followed his shot and got the rebound, missed the put back and got the rebound again and scored.
David Richards added 16 while Anthony Harvey had 13 and Tom Canal had 10.
New Castle was 26 of 45 free throw shooting while Perry was 20 of 27.
New Castle hit just 2 of 16 three point attempts.
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