Hurricanes throttle Titans
Chants of "overrated" rang down from the New Castle students section as the Red Hurricanes ran out the clock in their 58-49 upset of the #3 rated, by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shaler Titans at the New Castle Field House Friday night.
The Titans are probably not overrated as they came into the game undefeated at 6-0 having knocked off State College, Altoona and All Hallows of NYC and start three experienced seniors. But the 6-1 Canes won at home, which theyll have to do if they want to make the playoffs and added to New Castle Field Houses reputation as one of the toughest places to play in the WPIAL.
To say New Castle started slow is a great understatement. Shaler stole the ball on the Canes first possession but missed several shots before New Castle grabbed the rebound. The Hurricanes promptly turned the ball over again and Shaler scored.
Another New Castle turnover led to another Titans score at 6:59 of the first. The Canes missed their next shot and Shaler nailed a three and at the 6:14 mark the Red Hurricanes trailed 7-0.
Tom Canal got the Canes on the board with a basket after a steal making it 7-2 at 5:31.
Following a exchange of turnovers by each team David Richards hit a three at 3:50 to get the Canes back to within two, 7-5.
Shaler hit a bucket at 3:39 but a Demetrius Searcy basket, a three by Canal and a put-back by Searcy put the Canes ahead 12-9 with two minutes left in the first quarter.
The Hurricanes 12-2 run had erased the affects of six turnovers in the first six minutes.
Shaler hit a three and a two as the quarter ended to take back the lead and after one period the Titans led 14-12.
New Castle stole the ball and scored to open the second quarter but then Shaler started bombing from behind the arc. The Titans next four shots were threes hitting three of them, but the Canes withstood the attack as Canal hit a three, Richards scored on a drive to the hoop, Chris Harvey made a three point play with a layup and a free throw and Searcy hit a shot. At 5:07 New Castle had the lead 24-23.
After a Shaler score at 4:42 Searcy scored again and Richards hit a three and Anthony Harvey scored putting the Canes up 31-25 at 2:33.
The Titans then hit four straight free throws to get back to within two, 31-29 with 1:30 left in the half.
Spencer Lane then hit a bucket, and after a stealing the ball Canal drove the length of the court and scored putting New Castle up 35-29 at 1:11.
Shaler made the front of a one-and-one and then nailed a three with two seconds on the clock to narrow the gap. At the intermission New Castle led 35-33.
The Titans made six of 12 three-point shots in the first half while the Canes were four of five.
Shaler scored to open the third and Searcy answered at 7:11, keep the Canes lead at two, 37-35.
The Titans took the lead back, 38-37 at 5:21 following a free throw and a two surrounding a Hurricanes miss.
Two Searcy free throws at 4:28 put the Canes back on top, 39-38.
Shaler then went back up by one with a basket at 3:24.
After a sequence that saw New Castle turn the ball over then steal it back, then have two shots blocked on the same trip down the court, Richards hit a three at 1:28, putting the Hurricanes up 42-40.
Following a Titans missed three, Anthony Harvey was fouled while shooting. He made both free throws and the Canes lead was four, 44-40 at 1:07.
Shaler made one of two free throws with 50 seconds left in the period narrowing the gap but Canal drained a three making it 47-41.
The Titans stepped to the line with 25 seconds to go, again hitting just one of two and after three-quarters New Castle led 47-42.
Shaler attempted seven three pointers in the third quarter making none.
The start of the fourth quarter was an effort in futility for the Canes as they stole the ball from the Titans then turned it back over. Shaler missed a shot, then the Canes missed twice but stole the ball back again. New Castle missed their next shot, got the rebound but then turned the ball back over to the Titans.
Shaler scored and was fouled, leading to a three-point play. The first points of the quarter were scored at 5:35 bringing the Titans back to within two 47-45.
A three attempt by Anthony Harvey went deep in the basket before rattling out and then Shaler scored again tying the game at 47 at the 4:01 mark.
Searcy finally got the Canes on the board in the fourth period with a three from the left corner, making it 50-47 Canes at 3:02.
Following two Shaler free throws, Searcy scored again, this time with a two and the Hurricanes lead was 52-49 at 1:48.
Thats when Chris Harvey, who always adds energy and toughness to the Canes defense latched on to a ball a Titan thought was his. The ensuing jump-ball-change-of-possession at 1:07 went to New Castle and the Canes proceeded to run out the clock as the Titans fouled.
Shalers first victim was the free throw machine, Tom Canal who promptly made two free throws at the 55-second mark.
Richards then stole the ball and found Searcy under the hoop for two more and the Canes lead was 56-49.
Shaler missed the front of a one-and-one at with 34 seconds left then Chris Harvey made two free throws to set the final score at 58-49 New Castle.
Demetrius Searcy led the Canes with 21 points while Tom Canal added 15 and David Richards had 11.
The Canes were perfect from the free throw line hitting nine of nine.
New Castle was 7 of 14 on three point attempts.
Shaler was 6 of 24 on three point attempts.
Tom Canal was the Canes leading rebounder with five, three offensive.
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