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March 2, 2013

WPIAL Basketball Final: New Castle-Hampton ready for Round 3



Hampton’s top weapons are in the form of size and wingspan courtesy of junior twin brothers Ryan Luther and Collin Luther.

Ryan Luther, a 6-foot-8 forward, paces the Talbots at 21 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. He has Division I offers from Dayton and Duquesne, while receiving interest from other schools such as North Carolina-Wilmington, Davidson, Iowa and Virginia Tech.

“Ryan is just a special player,” Blundo said. “He can play inside and he can play outside.

“He does it every way you can do it. He’ll post up. He gets to the cup. Any way you can do it, he’s able to get it done in that fashion.”

Ryan dominated the ’Canes in the first matchup, posting a game-best 30 points. He has scored 58 points in the last two playoff games.

Collin Luther, a 6-7 guard/forward, checks in at 16 points and 4.3 boards a matchup.

“Collin is the stabilizing force for that team,” Blundo said. “He handles the ball. He’s big, strong and he can finish around the cup.

“He’s been doing it for three years now.”

Collin is receiving Division I looks, with Bucknell and Navy expressing interest.


Jon Floss, a 5-11 junior guard, sat out Hampton’s home loss to New Castle with the flu. Jack Obringer started in Floss’ absence that night, but Floss will be in the starting lineup for the Talbots tonight.

Floss contributes eight points a game and Obringer chips in six.

“It’s certainly good to have Floss back in the lineup,” Lafko said. “He’s athletic and he will give us more depth.”

David Huber, a 6-2 sophomore guard, tosses in 17.3 markers and 3.1 rebounds a matchup and Joey Lafko, the coach’s son, adds 10 points a game.

“David Huber continues to improve,” Joe Lafko said. “He continues to learn the game.

“Joey Lafko has continued to step up and battle injuries for us. He made some big plays and big shots for us this year.”

The Talbots, who placed third in the section, average 61.3 points and give up 52 a contest.

“Offensively, they’ll take the easy one if they can get it. If not, they’ll slow it down,” Blundo said. “We shortened the game in the fourth quarter at Hampton because we had a lead. They can play a variety of different styles. Man, zone press and they’ll show a couple of different zone defenses.”

Blundo knows repeating as champions won’t be easy.

“We just have to continue to do what we’ve done and that’s play New Castle basketball,” he said. “We need to play extremely hard and do a good job on the boards.

“I just think we’re playing our best basketball right now. But both teams are playing well.”

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