Post-Gazette writer Mike White covered Wednesday's PIAA boys basketball game between New Castle and North Allegheny. Click here to read his story.
(Photo: North Allegheny's Mike Carter drives past New Castle's Stew Allen Wednesday night in the first half of a PIAA Class AAAA boys basketball game at Ambridge High School. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"New Castle's Malik Hooker started the game Wednesday night with his right wrist and part of his hand covered with tape. It was to protect a sprained wrist he sustained Saturday in a game.
The tape didn't last a quarter, though, as Hooker ripped it off after scoring only two points in the opening eight minutes of a PIAA playoff game. Then, Hooker treated North Allegheny like the tape.
Hooker came alive after the first quarter, ripped through North Allegheny and finished with close to a triple-double in leading New Castle to a 64-54 victory in a Class AAAA second-round game at Ambridge.
The win puts undefeated New Castle (28-0) into the quarterfinals Saturday against the winner of the Hampton-McDowell game tonight. North Allegheny finished the season with a 22-5 record. The Tigers lost only 10 games the past two years -- and all 10 were to New Castle (six) and Hampton (four)."