Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Members of the New Castle High boys basketball team continue to shine.
Drew Allen poured in 22 points to lead Swish Hoops to a 66-60 win over Team Insane in the 16-and-under West Virginia Jam Fest AAU championship game.
The performance capped an overall strong tournament effort from Allen, who will be a junior in the fall.
“Overall, this was a good experience for us,” Swish Hoops coach Robb White said. “The facilities were good. Drew really came through for us (in the championship).”
Allen’s Red Hurricane teammates Stew Allen (junior, and Drew’s brother), Levar Ware (senior), Malik Hooker (junior), Jake McPhatter (junior) and Julian Cox (junior) also competed for Swish Hoops.
Union’s Benjamin Young (junior) participated for the champions as well.
Hooker and Drew Allen also made the Tournament’s “Outstanding Performers” list.
Swish Hoops defeated Maryland 3D in the semifinals. Maryland 3D is coached by David Richards of New Castle, featuring his son Anthony, also a member of the ’Canes’ basketball team.
In the 17-and-under gold bracket championship game, the Drill 4 Skill squad lost to Team Adidas on a buzzer beater by Montour’s Devin Wilson.
Montour handed the ’Canes (27-1) their lone loss during the 2011-2012 season, 50-43 in overtime in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.
New Castle seniors Shawn Anderson, Brandon Domenick and Antonio Rudolph participated for Drill 4 Skill, which was coached by former Blackhawk coach John Miller.
“The best thing that AAU basketball does is that it gives them exposure to coaches,” ’Canes coach Ralph Blundo said. “It allows coaches to get out and see the kids.
“All of our guys have played on AAU teams that were very successful. They were playing against the best competition and that can only help them. The feedback I have been getting is how hard they played.”