NEW CASTLE —
TIGERS ON THE PROWL
David Haus, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, scored 15 points in the game at the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House. His brother, Adam, a 6-2 senior guard, netted 13 that night.
Adam recorded 15 markers against State College on Saturday and David chipped in with 10.
Adam averages points a game and David chips in eight markers and six rebounds. Elijah Zeise, a 6-3 junior guard/forward, shares the team lead in rebounding with David at six.
“Both Haus brothers are very good players,” Blundo said. “Both can shoot it and both do a great job of finishing.”
Sean Hennigan, a 6-0 senior guard, tossed in a game-best 22 markers in the opening round of the state playoffs for North Allegheny. Hennigan was limited to just seven points on New Castle’s home court.
Hennigan leads the team in scoring at 12 points a game.
“Hennigan shoots it well,” Blundo said. “He played really well against State College.
“Those guys can shoot it and the guys that can take you off the dribble are the hardest to guard. We’ll have to keep Hennigan in front of us.”
Joe Mancini, a 5-10 junior guard, entered the WPIAL playoffs with a team-high 60 made 3-pointers. Mancini averages 10 markers a game.
“Mancini is more of a spot-up guy; he can shoot it,” Blundo said.
Shawn Anderson, a 6-3 senior guard/forward and Navy recruit, directs New Castle’s offense. Anderson nets a team-best 20.4 points a game. He ranks second in the county in scoring behind Neshannock’s Ernie Burkes (21.1 ppg.).
Anderson also averages 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals a game.
“Anderson does everything so well,” DeGregorio said. “He’s a tough guard and he’ll take you off the bounce.
“He can shoot the 3. You have to respect everything he does. You can’t lay off him at all because he’s such a good player. He rebounds very well and he’s a leader for them.”
Malik Hooker, a 6-2 junior guard/forward, backs up Anderson’s effort at 16.7 points, 7.9 boards, three steals and 2.7 assists a matchup. Hooker tossed in 19 markers in the 24-point ’Canes home win over the Tigers.
“Hooker is a good player,” DeGregorio said. “He does a great job at getting to the basket and he takes high percentage shots.
“New Castle can hurt you in so many ways; they’re a difficult guard. Hooker will step out and shoot or put it on the floor. He’s a good athlete, a strong kid and he defends well.”
Anthony Richards, a 5-9 junior guard, tallies 9.7 points a contest, while bucketing a county-best 72 3-pointers. Brandon Domenick, a 5-9 senior point guard and Gannon recruit, contributes 8.8 markers a tilt to go with 59 3-pointers.
Domenick owns the program’s all-time mark for 3-pointers made with 197. Richards is right on his heels with 194 career trifectas, 72 each of the last two years, and 50 as a freshman.
Richards has 19 field goals in the postseason, all coming from behind the arc.
“Domenick runs the show and he can score from the point,” DeGregorio said. “You have to respect his shot, but he creates shots for other people, too.
“You have to get out on the three-point shooter, no matter who it is.”
The winner advances to the quarterfinals — the Elite Eight — and will take on the survivor of the Hampton-Erie Cathedral Prep contest Saturday.