New Castle News


March 19, 2013

PIAA Semifinals: ’Canes to battle tall, talented Lower Merion



Shawn Anderson, a 6-3 senior guard/forward and Navy recruit, directs the New Castle offense. Anderson notches a team-best 20.3 points a game, which is good for second in the county. Ernie Burkes paces area scorers at 21.1 points a contest.

Anderson also contributes eight rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals a game. He collected 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting against the Ramblers in the quarterfinals with five rebounds and three assists.

“Shawn plays consistent night in and night out for us,” Blundo said. “He has a consistent work ethic with a consistent focus. When you push the game consistently the same way, you get consistent results and that’s what Shawn gets.”

Said a determined Anderson after Saturday’s win, “It’s your will to win. We want to be state champions. We’re sick of hearing that the east is better than the west and we can’t compete with them. Maybe we will lose the next game. Who knows. At least we put ourselves in the best opportunity to win the game and that’s what playing so hard does for you. We’ll be ready.”

Malik Hooker, a 6-2 junior guard/forward, backs up Anderson’s effort at 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.8 assists a contest. He scored a team-high 23 points against Erie Cathedral Prep.

Anthony Richards, a 5-9 junior guard, posts 10 points a game, while cashing in a county-best 79 3-pointers. Brandon Domenick, a 5-9 senior point guard and Gannon recruit, follows with 9.2 tallies a matchup to go with 67 3-pointers.

Domenick holds the program’s all-time mark for 3-pointers made with 205 and Richards is right behind with 201.

Blundo acknowledged his team will have to stick to its regular keys to find success.

“Lower Merion’s best offense is when the ball is on the glass,” Blundo said. “We have to box out and keep them from getting extra opportunities.

“We need to stay in front of them and contest shots. We’ll need to execute on the offensive end, too.”

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