NEW CASTLE —
PACING THE ’CANES
Shawn Anderson, a 6-3 senior guard/forward and Navy recruit, leads New Castle in scoring at 20.7 points a game. He ranks second in the county in that category to Neshannock’s Ernie Burkes (21.1 ppg.).
“Shawn Anderson is a very good player,” Lafko said. “The thing that stands out the most to me is his ability to shoot from the perimeter.
“He can score from anywhere on the floor. He can pull up and knock down 3s. He’s a quick rebounder and he’s a good jumper.”
Anderson is averaging 8.4 rebounds, three assists and 2.4 steals a game. He has tossed in 76 total points in the three playoff games this season.
“His level of consistency is the same,” Blundo said of Anderson. “The way he plays is the same every single game. Shawn always plays well in big games, as has other guys. For us, every game is a big game. That’s the atmosphere we try to create.”
Malik Hooker, a 6-2 junior guard/forward, backs up Anderson’s numbers at 17 points, 7.8 boards, three steals and 2.7 assists a contest.
“Malik is another improved shooter for New Castle,” Lafko said. “His athleticism makes him a tough player to guard.”
Anderson and Hooker were a lethal one-two punch against the Talbots at the Field House. Hooker paced New Castle with 24 points and Anderson chipped in with 22. Anderson scored 17 markers in the rematch and Hooker added 15.
Anthony Richards, a 5-9 junior guard, tallies 9.5 points a game to go with a county-best 64 3-pointers. Brandon Domenick, a 5-9 senior point guard and Gannon recruit, contributes 9.1 markers a matchup along with 56 3-pointers.
Domenick owns the program’s all-time record for 3-pointers made with 194.
“Richards is a good shooter and he plays extremely good defense,” Lafko said. “He pressures the ball very well.
“Brandon is a very good point guard. He has had an exceptional four years at New Castle. He’s the all-time leading 3-point shooter in New Castle history, that stat alone speaks volumes to him playing the game and his team’s success. He distributes the ball. He finds the open man and he can knock down open shots.”