New Castle News


March 15, 2013

PIAA Boys Playoffs: Battle-tested 'Canes face tough Erie Prep



Shawn Anderson, a 6-3 senior guard/forward and Navy recruit, engineers New Castle’s offensive attack. Anderson tosses in a team-high 20.3 points a game. He stands second in the county in scoring behind Neshannock’s Ernie Burkes (21.1 ppg.).

Anderson also averages 8.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals a game.

“Shawn is a very good player,” Majewski said. “He’s a good finisher around the basket and he takes it to the basket hard.

“He has a very good inside-outside game and he can do it all. He can finish around the rim and he can knock down jump shots. Anderson gets to the basket extremely well.”

Anderson led the ’Canes with 17 points in the second-round win over North Allegheny, 15 of those points came in the second half.

“The focus of halftime was to get him touches where he could be effective,” Blundo said of Anderson. “His touches in the first half were in obscure places.

“We got him the ball there in the second half and he did the rest. It wasn’t that he didn’t have a great first half, it was Shawn understanding it’s a 32-minute game just like the rest of the team and playing hard for 32 minutes.”

Malik Hooker, a 6-2 junior guard/forward, follows Anderson at 16.4 markers, 7.7 boards, 2.9 steals and 2.8 assists a matchup.

“Malik goes hard to the basket and he creates a lot of opportunities for his teammates,” Majewski said. “He’s good at kicking it out and he’s a relentless rebounder.”

Anthony Richards, a 5-9 junior guard, registers 9.8 points a game, while draining a county-best 75 3-pointers. Brandon Domenick, a 5-9 senior point guard and Gannon recruit, chips in nine markers a matchup to go with 63 3-pointers.

“Domenick is a great ballhandler,” Majewski said. “He sees the floor well and he makes great decisions. He’s got tremendous range from the outside and he’s very good at creating for his teammates.

“Richards is a great shooter and he has great range. He’s a very good catch and release guy; he gets shots off with guys in his face.”

The ’Canes collect 78.3 points a game and give up 51.9.

“It’s 32 minutes of complete pressure on both ends,” Majewski said of New Castle’s style of play. “They attack you on offense and attack and pressure you on defense; they’re very good at it, too.

“I don’t think there are many teams that play like they do. We’ve played against that style, but not for 32 minutes.”

The winner moves on to the Final Four to meet the survivor of the Harrisburg-Lower Merion matchup Tuesday at a time and site to be determined.

(In today’s print edition: Have your ticket for tomorrow’s game yet? If not, you’re probably out of luck.)


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