By: Dustin Miller
This year the Seton-LaSalle boys’ basketball team did something that hasn’t been done awhile; the team won its Section in Class AA. The boys’ season is one that no one actually knew where it would take them, especially winning a banner.
Following the section win, they were hoping to play at Palumbo Center for the WPIAL Championship game. Sadly, in the quarterfinals of the playoffs, Seton lost. They realized for themselves that nothing comes easy.
Dom DelGreco, a junior point guard, said it best, “If you don’t come prepared, anyone can beat you.”
The team realized that if they want to win Section and get to Palumbo Center next year they have to work on their defense this offseason.
Luke Brumbaugh, a senior guard/forward saw this during the season and was trying to improve throughout the season. Levi Masua, a junior power forward, saw this as one reason of losing playoffs. He said, “I personally would like to improve on my ball defense. As a team, we need to improve tradition defense. This is what hurt us and lost the playoff game.”
Although Luke and Dom both felt the greatest moment this season was the win at home against Washington High to secure section title; Levi felt his tip dunk against Bishop Canevin is something he will always remember.
When asked which game was their favorite, each player had a different game and different purpose for the game. Brumbaugh saw the Washington High game as his favorite. He said, “It was a big game, we need to win. We came back from being behind by a lot at half and won the game.” For him as a senior and his last basketball season at Seton, it was securing Section title a memorable and favorable moment.
DelGreco had two favorite games and for different reasons. Dom enjoyed the Thomas Jefferson game for personal reasons, he had a great game. But, the home game against Bishop Canevin was one he liked because the student section was crazy and funny. He felt having the students into the game and enjoying it was great.
Levi had a different outlook on his favorite game. Masua said, “My favorite game was Quaker Valley. Although we lost by one, it taught us all that we can’t expect to win. It taught us more than anything over the course of the season and also a lot about each other – the feeling we all had after that game is what is going to drive us to win and get better.”
Hopefully the team will remember that feeling and work harder this off season to bring home a WPIAL Championship in 2014. They need to work harder on their weaknesses, strengthen their strengths, work as a team, tailor their game, and of course work on the defense. This will make the 2014 team successful and hopefully a Section Champ, WPIAL Champ, and a PIAA Champ.