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March 15, 2014

PIAA Playoffs: ’Canes vs. Hampton, Round 4

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NEW CASTLE — ABOUT HAMPTON

Ryan Luther, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, paces the Hampton attack. Luther, a Pitt recruit, is the program’s all-time leading scorer with over 1,900 points. He leads the team in scoring at about 22 points a game.

“Ryan does everything well,” Blundo said. “He’s a great all-around player. Very few can do what he does on both ends.

Luther, who missed the first meeting with the ’Canes because of an ankle injury, tossed in a game-best 28 points in the rematch at the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House. He followed that up with 21 tallies in the WPIAL championship game, the lone Talbots player to reach double figures that night.

“Ryan does so much for us offensively and defensively,” Lafko said. “His versatility allows him to play in the post and out on the perimeter.

“He’ll take advantage of things that he gives us with his versatility.”

Collin Luther, a 6-7 senior guard/forward and Ryan’s brother, went over 1,000 career points on a fourth-quarter foul shot Thursday against Erie McDowell. He’s receiving Division I looks from Albany, Columbia, Winthrop and Fairfield.

“Collin really does a great job of controlling the game,” Blundo said. “He’s a big, strong kid and he can shoot it; he’s a good finisher.

“Collin presents tough matchups for teams.”

David Huber, a 6-2 junior guard, is getting Division I attention from Columbia, Penn and Navy.

“He’s long and he can really play,” Blundo said. “We’ve done a good job on him at times, but he’s also hurt us at times.

“We have to contain him and keep him off the glass.”

The Talbots are averaging 72.5 points a game and giving up 50.3.

“It depends on who they’re playing,” Blundo said of Hampton’s offensive style. “They can play uptempo. They’re a versatile team.

“They’ll do different things defensively, a combination of different zones. They’ll play man-to-man, they’ll use fullcourt pressure. Their philosophy is to play whatever defense will get them the success they’re looking for.”

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