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Seton-La Salle boys' basketball team regrouping for 2013-14 season

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Seton-La Salle Rebels' banner 2012-13 basketball season came to a crashing halt in the WPIAL Class AA tournament.

The Rebels, who won their first section championship since 2000 and took a 20-2 overall record into the WPIAL playoffs, were stunned by Quaker Valley, 62-61, in the quarterfinal round.

With the loss, Seton-La Salle ended up 21-3 overall, and was forced to sit out the PIAA Class AA tournament.

“‘We will be back' is our motto,” said Mark Walsh, the Rebels' second-year head coach. “The 2012-2013 season will be a memorable one for the Seton-La Salle Rebels. We have come a long way in the two seasons we have been together. And things are looking bright for 2013-2014.”

After opening their schedule with a nine-point loss to Class AAAA McKeesport in the Hempfield tip-off tournament, the Rebels won their next nine games in succession.

Seton-La Salle ended its regular season on a torrid 11-game winning streak, which propelled it to the No. 3 seed in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

The local squad was undefeated on its home court this season, defeating the likes of Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, Burgettstown, Brentwood, Washington and Bishop Canevin in Section 4-AA action, as well as nonsection opponents such as Carrick, South Park, Ringgold and West Mifflin.

“We had marquee wins over West Mifflin, Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ambridge, South Park, arch-rivals Brentwood and Bishop Canevin, and Linsly Academy,” Walsh said. “This team made so much progress from the end of the 2012 season; we could not be more proud.

“And we are very proud of our team defense that gave up 44.9 points per game during the regular season, while scoring 65.4 points per game.”

The Rebels were led in the scoring department by 5-foot-8 junior point guard Dale Clancy, with a 13.6 points-per-game average; followed by 6-5 junior guard/forward Levi Masua, at 11.5 ppg, and 6-4 junior center Malik White, at 9.2 ppg.

Also, Ryan Norkus, a 6-3 sophomore forward, averaged 8.5 points per game; while Dom DelGreco, a 5-9 junior guard, and Eric Marasco, a 5-10 senior guard, chipped in with close to 7 ppg averages.

“As you can tell, we were a balanced team (offensively),” Walsh said.

Clancy, Masua and White were named among the “Finest 15” players in Section 4-AA this season, and Clancy was voted first-team all-section.

“We will miss our seniors, (guard) Tim Blair, (guard/forward) Luke Brumbaugh, and Eric Marasco,” Walsh said. “But they have helped take our program to another level this year.

“We are so proud of how our team handled success with humility, and how we handled our difficult (WPIAL) playoff loss with class.”

The Rebels won the Section 4-AA title with a 12-0 record, four games ahead of runner-up Washington (8-4).

Bishop Canevin (7-5) and Brentwood (6-6) finished in third and fourth place in the section standings, followed by Burgettstown (5-7), Chartiers-Houston (3-9) and Fort Cherry (1-11).

Walsh was assisted by G.J. Schaeffer, Shawn Trainor, Mike Canavan, Larry Bigante and Ron Muszynski this season.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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