CLARION - The New Castle Hurricanes proved to be too quick and too hot from the field for the Dutchmen of St. Marys last evening as they handed the Dutch an 80-54 setback in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Clarion University.
"New Castle is a very good ball club which displays plenty of quickness and some very good shooting tonight," said Coach Mark Guido of the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen. "I think we were a little intimidated at the start of the ball game and that allowed them to grab a big lead which we were never able to overcome. When we scouted them, they didn't shoot quite as well as they did tonight, as they couldn't miss.
"Overall I am extremely proud of our kids as they played hard the entire contest, never giving up. That has been the way it was all season, as the kids play together as a team and are very unselfish. I felt bad for the seniors, as it is always tough to end your season with a loss, but once you get into the playoffs your season ends on a losing note unless you go all the way. We had a great season and the players can be proud of that.
"I thought that Jimmy Werner played a very tough game tonight for us, as he worked very hard for his points."
St. Marys had three players in double figures last evening: Justin Quiggle with 15 points on two field goals, two treys and a five-for-five night at the line, Jimmy Werner with four field goals and three foul goals, and Dylan Reigel with 10 points on two field goals and two treys. Jordan Weinzierl finished the night with seven points, followed by Ryan Mancuso with six points and Ryan Uhl with five points.
The New Castle Hurricanes were led by Corey Eggleston with 30 points on six field goals, four treys and a six-for-nine night at the line. Shawn Anderson was next with 22 points on eight field goals and two treys. Malik Hooker finished with 11 points on four field goals and a trey, followed by Drew Allen with eight points, Brandon Domenick with six and Anthony Richards with three.
The Hurricanes opened up an 11-0 lead in the first period before Mancuso scored the first Dutch bucket with 4:18 left in the period. Following Mancuso's bucket, the Hurricanes scored five more points before Werner scored on a layup to make it 16-4. Eight more Hurricane points were scored before Quiggle ended the first period, scoring with a three-point play to make the score 24-7 at the end of one.
Werner scored the first point of the second period on a foul goal, but New Castle answered with two treys, 30-8. Werner scored again, only to have the Hurricanes hit three straight foul goals to make it 33-10. Uhl and Anderson exchanged field goals, then Uhl added a foul goal, 35-13. A New Castle field goal was followed by two Werner foul goals, 37-15. Weinzierl added a foul goal, but the Hurricanes hit a trey and two field goals to push their lead to 44-16. Quiggle hit a field goal, but Eggleston hit a trey, 47-18. St. Marys then scored the final four points of the period on foul goals by Quiggle to make the halftime score 47-22.
Reigel hit a field goal and Quiggle a trey to open the second half, but New Castle responded with five points by Eggleston. A field goal by Werner and a trey by Reigel made it 52-32. Reigle scored another field goal between two Hurricane field goals, 56-34. Quiggle added a trey, then Eggleston and Werner exchanged field goals to make it 58-39. Eggleston hit a trey at the end of the period to make the score 61-39.
Uhl scored to open the final period, but New Castle came back with 11 straight points to push their lead to 71-41. Weinzierl scored on two layups and Mancuso hit two foul goals to cut it to 72-47. Down the stretch the Dutch scored seven more points, two each by Weinzierl and Mancuso and three by Reigel, while the Hurricanes scored eight to make the final score 80-54.
This was the final game for the seven Dutch seniors: Jordan Weinzierl, Rocco Harshbarger, Ryan Hockman, Bobby Vollmer, Dylan Reigel, Ryan Uhl and Ryan Mancuso.
The Hurricanes hit 11 three-point shots in the game while the Dutchmen hit on four.
The St. Marys squad turned the ball over only 13 times, while New Castle had 11 turnovers.
St. Marys finished the year with a 16-8 record and are the District 9-AAA Champions.
New Castle 80
Brandon Domenick 0-2-0-0-6, Corey Eggleston 6-4-6-9-30, Shawn Anderson 8-2-0-0-22, Antonio Rudolph 0-0-0-0-0, Drew Allen 1-2-0-0-8, Anthony Richards 0-1-0-0-3, Malik Hooker 4-1-0-0-11. Totals 19-12-6-9-80.
St. Marys Area 54
Jordan Weinzierl 3-0-1-2-7, Ryan Hockman 0-0-0-0-0, Bobby Vollmer 0-0-0-0-0, Dylan Reigel 2-2-0-0-10, Ryan Uhl 2-0-1-2-5, Ryan Mancuso 2-0-2-4-6, Justin Quiggle 2-2-5-5-15, Jimmy Werner 4-0-3-6-11. Totals 15-4-12-15-54.
Score by quarters
New Castle 24 23 14 19 80
St. Marys 7 15 17 15 54