STEW ALLEN New Castle was cooking as he scored 18 points to lead the Red Hurricanes to the WPIAL AAAA championship with a 55-49 win over Hampton

Malik Hooker is ranked by many as the best all around basketball player in the WPIAL and he is the best player on New Castle’s (26-0) third consecutive WPIAL AAAA championship team. The Red Hurricanes beat Hampton (22-4) 55-49 Saturday night at Duquesne University’s Palumbo Center.

There is no numerical measurement for pain, not in time, not in distance. But it’s safe to say the 15 members of the Hampton Talbots boy’s basketball team won’t soon recover from their agonizing loss to New Castle.

Hampton jumped out to a 13-2 lead and had their site set on upsetting their nemesis. The Talbots and Red Hurricanes have become accustomed to playing each other for the WPIAL championship. This is the third year in a row that they met in the finals.

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