New Castle coach Ralph Blundo had commented privately about how strong Archbishop Carroll had looked to him on film. Friday night, Blundo and the rest of New Castle saw it for real.
New Castle’s hopes for consecutive PIAA championships came to a crashing halt when it was pounded by Archbishop Carroll, 77-48, in a Class AAA quarterfinal at Chambersburg High School.
Archbishop Carroll (22-6), a Philadelphia Catholic League team, led by 20 points at halftime and cruised in the second half. New Castle, who won the Class AAAA title a year ago with a perfect record, finished 22-6.
New Castle trailed by only 15-12 after the first quarter, but Carroll went on a 10-0 run to start the second quarter and led, 37-17, at halftime. The closest New Castle got in the third quarter was 49-34.
Carroll was led by 6-foot-7 senior forward Derrick Jones, a UNLV recruit who scored 22 points. Ryan Daly added 19 and Dave Beatty 12.
The Hooker brothers led New Castle in scoring. Freshman forward Marcus Hooker had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Red Hurricanes. Junior guard Marquel Hooker added 10 before fouling out.
For New Castle to have a chance, it had to shoot well from the outside. But the Red Hurricanes shot only 41 percent (17 of 41) for the game and only 15 percent (3 of 20) from 3-point range. Archbishop Carroll shot 60 percent (26 of 43) for the game.