The high school boys basketball season has begun and Lawrence County teams fared well in the opening weekend.
Tonight, action resumes with four games on the schedule, including two pitting county schools head-to-head.
New Castle and Ellwood City Lincoln will do battle at Ellwood. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. and there is no junior varsity game.
Both the Red Hurricane and Wolverines went 1-1 in their respective season-opening tournaments. Last year, New Castle rolled to an easy 74-36 win at the Ne-Ca-Hi Field House.
"We play Ellwood every year," 'Canes coach John Sarandrea said. "It is something we know is on our schedule. They are a very proud program.
"I am glad to see them doing better and wish them success. Of course I don't wish them any success (today). But I am glad to see them feeling better about themselves."
Ellwood City lost to Riverside on Saturday in the Riverside Shootout, 57-43. In that game, five players for the Wolverines were ejected for a skirmish on the court, three of which came off the bench. Trey McKim, Jaime Joseph, Nick Nardone, Tynan Hudson and Justin Grogan will not play tonight which is why there is no JV game.
Nardone, McKim and Hudson are starters.
"We've lost five of our very good players," Ellwood City coach Rod Smith said. "We are going into the game with a half of a shotgun (today)."
Anthony Harvey leads New Castle in scoring at 25 points a game, while Spencer Lane is next with 12.
"New Castle is not as tall as they were last year," Smith said. "I do know they are quick and good."
Jon Atkinson is the lone scorer for the Wolverines in double figures at 10 markers a contest.
The 'Canes will have a busy week, as they host Hampton on Thursday before playing in the Beaver Falls Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Three of those four games will be away from the field house, their first action away from home this season.
"God knows, we are going on the road for more than Tuesday, so I am excited to get these guys out there and see what they can do," Sarandrea said.
Neshannock will visit Union in a rematch from the opening round of the Neshannock Early Bird Tournament.
In the first meeting, sophomore Mike Conglose drained a 3-pointer with eight seconds left to give the Lancers (1-1) the win, 57-56. The Scotties (0-2) led most of the game, including by eight in the third frame.
Laurel (2-0) will host Elderton and Wilmington (1-0) will entertain Hickory.
In girls action, Shenango (0-2) will host Western Beaver (1-1).