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The North Hills Indians with their 2-0 section record invaded the New Castle Fieldhouse tonight. The Indian’s rain dance this season has caused it to rain ‘threes’ this year and tonight was no different, as the Indians threw up 23 ‘threes’. Their aim however was not very good as only seven ‘threes’ found their mark.

While New Castle made 22 field goals (1 ‘three’) and North Hills made 21 (7 ‘threes’) the difference was at the foul line. The Canes shot 28 free throws while the Indians shot only two. Shooting ‘threes’ does not generate the fouls like driving to the hoop does. The Canes made only 18 of 28 from the strip but that was good enough for a 62-48 Hurricanes’ win.

Dom Joseph scored the first two baskets of the game and the Canes had an early 4-0 lead.

The Indians made their first ‘three’ at 6:08 then after a Hurricane miss hit another and had a 6-4 lead.

A Hoover Gibson free throw and a Joseph hoop gave the Canes back the lead 7-6.

The teams exchanged leads twice before a Mark DeMonaco free throw and a Gibson jumper made it 12-11 Canes.

After a New Castle turnover North Hills hit a basket with 13 second left in the quarter to grab a 13-12 lead after one period and for only the second time in nine games the Hurricanes trailed at the end of a period. New Castle trailed Warren Harding 14-12 after the first quarter.

Gibson hit both ends of a one and one at the beginning of the second period to give the Canes back the lead. Then Joseph laid one in after a steal and the Canes led 16-13.

North Hills finally scored at the 5:11 mark then neither team scored again until the Indians hit a ‘three’ at 3:49 to go ahead 18-16.

The Canes had turned it over on three straight possessions until Joe Carter scored at 2:55 to knot the score at 18.

After an Indians turnover Joseph put the Canes ahead 20-18 but another North Hills ‘three’ put the Indians back on top 21-20.

Joseph hit a basket with 25 seconds left in the half to give the Canes a 22-21 lead at intermission.

The Hurricanes missed their opening shot of the second half and North Hills scored to go ahead 23-24.

Joseph scored again to give the Canes the lead then Dante Spino made his first bucket of the game to put New Castle up by three 26-24.

North Hills scored at 6:27 to get within one but then Gibson made four straight baskets to give the Hurricanes a 34-25 lead at 3:45. The Canes finally got to run by grabbing some Indians misses and converted four straight layups.

North Hills scored at 2:38 but a basket by Spino and fouled by shooting a ‘three’ DeMonaco made three free throws to put the Canes ahead 39-27 with 1:40 left.

Two hoops by the Indians and a basket by Leon Ward and New Castle led 41-31 after three quarters.

The Indians made the first basket of the fourth period and did get as close as six, 46-40 at the 5:30 mark. But the Canes began shooting free throws hitting eight of 12 and at one time extending their lead to 15 points 59-44. Final score Canes 62, Indians 48.

Hoover Gibson led the Canes with 18 points and seven rebounds. Dom Joseph contributed 16 points and six steals. Mark DeMonaco added 13 points and four steals.


    Name FG FTA FTM 3's TP
    Joseph 8 0 0 0 16
    DeMonaco 1 11 10 1 13
    Spino 3 7 1 0 7
    Gibson 7 6 4 0 18
    Carter 1 0 0 0 2


    0 0 0 0 0
    Currie 0 0 0 0 0
    Ward 1 4 2 0 4
    Hybler 1 0 0 0 2
    Totals 23 28 17 1 62


      score @ quarters 1 2 3 4
      North Hills 13 21 31 48
      New Castle 12 22 41 62

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