Hurricane storm to win
Raiders can’t keep up with New Castle
Butler Eagle
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January 7, 2013
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Seneca Valley’s Easton Bazzoli tries to beat two defenders, including New Castle’s Anthony Richards (22) during the Raiders’ 79-45 home loss to the Red Hurricane Friday night.

JACKSON TWP — When playing New Castle, you have to endure several runs if you hope to be in position to win the game in the fourth quarter.

Friday night, the Red Hurricane dealt Seneca Valley a back-breaking blow in the first period.

New Castle opened the game on a 17-2 run and never let the Raiders get closer than nine points in a 79-45 boys basketball final at SV’s William Paul Gymnasium.

“We came out tonight with great energy and made some shots,” said New Castle coach Ralph Blundo. “That’s what you need when you’re playing on the road in front of a packed house. You need to take the other team’s fans out of it.”

For Seneca Valley coach Victor Giannotta, the opening sequence of the game was frustrating to watch.

“The first five minutes, that was the difference,” he said. “We allowed them to control the tempo. It looked like a tip drill on our defensive backboard.

“And offensively, we had poor shot selection.”

The Raiders, who trailed 22-11 after one period, faced a 41-21 deficit at halftime.

The Hurricane’s onslaught was sparked by senior guard/forward Shawn Anderson, who scored 20 of his game-high 31 points in the first half.

“He was All-State last year,” Blundo said of Anderson. “He takes good shots and is a great basketball player. More importantly, he’s a great person. He’s a United States Naval Academy recruit.”

The Raiders (6-3, 2-2) fought their way to a 16-9 edge in the third quarter, culminating with a steal and a layup from senior guard Eric Woods seconds before the buzzer that cut New Castle’s lead to 50-37 with one period left to play.

But the Hurricane (10-0, 4-0) opened the fourth quarter by stealing SV’s inbounds pass and Anderson’s 2-point bucket began New Castle’s dominance of the period.

R.J. McCauley led SV with 14 points, while Malik Hooker scored 20 in support of New Castle.

“New Castle is a great team and they deserve to be ranked No. 1,” said Giannotta. “And I hope they are ranked No. 1 when we play up there (Jan. 29).”

Note: New Castle defeated Hampton 57-44 in last season’s WPIAL Class AAA title game. Both teams are now Quad A and compete in Section 3, along with Seneca Valley.


Brandon Domenick 2 0-0 6, Jesse Salzano 2 0-0 4, Drew Allen 1 0-0 2, Antonio Rudolph 2 0-0 5, Jake McPhatter 0 1-2 1, Tyler Fitzpatrick 1 0-0 2, Shawn Anderson 14 2-5 31, Anthony Richards 2 2-2 8, Malik Hooker 8 2-3 20, Stew Allen 0 0-0 0, Micah Fulena 0 0-0 0, Robby Natale 0 0-0 0. Totals: 32 7-12 79.


Zach Snyder 1 0-0 2, Matt Darby 1 0-0 2, Easton Bazzoli 3 2-2 8, Dakota Topf 2 0-0 4, T.J. Holl 2 0-0 4, Eric Woods 2 0-0 5, R.J. McCauley 6 0-0 14, Alex Snyder 2 2-3 6, Dan Cashdollar 0 0-0 0, Mike Smith 0 0-0 0, Bryce Schnatterly 0 0-0 0, Kyle Snyder 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 4-5 45.

New Castle 22 19 9 29—79

Seneca Valley11 10 16 8—45

3-point goals: New Castle 8 (Domenick 2, Richards 2, Hooker 2, Rudolph, Anderson); Seneca Valley 3 (McCauley 2, Woods)

Tuesday: Pine-Richland at Seneca Valley