Quad A Final: New Castle-LaSalle College, 3/22

2014 PIAA Class AAAA Boys’ Basketball State Championship
Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8 PM at Hershey’s Giant Center
New Castle (30-0) vs. LaSalle College (23-6)

Rankings
Points Per Game: New Castle, 72.7; La Salle College, 58.1
Points Allowed Per Game: New Castle, 50.1; La Salle College, 50.7

Road to Hershey
New Castle
Western Final: New Castle 58 Abington 54
State Quarterfinals: New Castle 57 Hampton 55
Second Round: New Castle 64 North Allegheny 54
First Round: New Castle 71 Bethel Park 64

LaSalle College
Eastern Final: LaSalle College 61 Chester 55
State Quarterfinals: LaSalle College 71 Lower Merion 48
Second Round: LaSalle College 49 Cedar Crest 43
First Round: LaSalle College 64 Conestoga 58

Snapshot of Each Team
New Castle Red Hurricanes (30-0)
Over the past three years, New Castle has registered an 86-2 (97.7%) record. This season, the ‘Canes have scored over 80-points in 9 different games but have not scored 80 points since the first round of the WPIAL tournament (def. Latrobe, 85-66). New Castle’s defense has held 15 opponents from scoring 50 points or more. Not a single opponent has been able to score 70 points since March 16, 2013 (def. Cathedral Prep, 80-70).

The Hurricanes held off Abington in the Western Final on Tuesday behind Anthony Richards’ 16 point performance and 4 three-point baskets.

LaSalle College Explorers (23-6)
The Explorers began the season with a 15-4 mark but have since won 9 of their last 11. LaSalle stunned Chester 61-55 to reach the Class Quad A Final on Saturday. David Krmpotich scored a team-high 19 points while connecting on 6 of 8 from the floor and 6 of 8 from the free throw line. Shawn Witherspoon tallied 17 points.

Recent Class AAAA Championship Game History
2013: Lower Merion 63 Chester 47
2012: Chester 59 Lower Merion 33
2011: Chester 72 Mount Lebanon 60 (OT)
2010: Plymouth Whitemarsh 58 Penn Wood 51
2009: Penn Wood 72 York 53
2008: Chester 81 Norristown 77
2007: Schenley 78 Chester 71
2006: Lower Merion 60 Schenley 58
2005: Chester 74 Lower Merion 61
2004: Penn Hills 57 Parkland 48
2003: State College 76 Chester 71 (OT)
2002: Harrisburg 69 Uniontown 62
2001: Coatesville 70 Schenley 57
2000: Chester 73 Uniontown 48
1999: Williamsport 64 Erie McDowell 40
1998: Harrisburg 68 New Castle 48

-The last team from the western half of the state to win the Quad A State Championship was Schenley in 2007, who were led by DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh) and D.J. Kennedy (St. John’s).

New Castle Leaders
Team Stats
Rebounds Per Game: 62.6
Field Goal Percentage: 51.9% (816-1572)
Free Throw Percentage: 62.6% (340-543)
Three-Point Percentage: 37.4% (210-561)
Turnovers Per Game: 10.9

Individual Stats
Points Per Game
Malik Hooker, 22.2
Anthony Richards, 12.8
Drew Allen, 10.0

Rebounds Per Game
Malik Hooker, 9.2
Drew Allen, 4.5
Stew Allen, 4.5

Assists Per Game
Drew Allen, 5.8
Anthony Richards, 4.6
Malik Hooker, 4.4

Steals Per Game
Malik Hooker, 4.0
Drew Allen, 1.9
Anthony Richards, 1.7

Field Goal Percentage
Levar Ware, 67.9% (55-81)
Stew Allen, 66.7% (112-168)
Malik Hooker, 60.3% (265-439)

Free Throw Percentage
Anthony Richards, 76.2% (32-42)
Robert Natale, 71.4% (15-21)
Jake McPhatter, 66.7% (31-46)

Three-Point Percentage
Anthony Richards, 45.1% (101-224)
Micah Fulena, 40.0% (8-20)

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